During October half term six of our Year 10 students had the opportunity to travel to Tokyo to stay with their exchange partners, attend their partners’ Secondary Schools and go on an excursion to Kamakura as well as take part in a sightseeing trip of Tokyo.
We feel very happy and privileged to have such as long established link with Secondary Schools in Tokyo and the Local Authority in Tokyo. The exchange was launched in 1996 to foster an understanding between two inner cities boroughs – Westminster and Chiyoda in Tokyo. Students who take part in the exchange also take part in Japanese lessons prior to their visits.
For the students their stay in families and in their school does not only give them an insight into family and everyday life for young people in Japan, it is also a fantastic way to learn about cultural etiquette and customs.
The exchange is co-ordinated and organised by The Grey Coat Hospital but is a joint project with students from Westminster City School. All participants this year have been excellent ambassadors for their schools and have, no doubt, benefited greatly from this exchange and their experience.
As a school we are very pleased that we are able to offer exchanges to Japan, Germany and France as these provide a wonderful opportunity for young people to experience the language and culture first and make new friends along the way.