Mr Treneer was successful in his application to the British Council and is one of 48 UK Teachers currently spending a week in China.
His visit takes him to Ningbo, a city situated to the South of Shanghai. He will be spending the week establishing a partnership with a Primary School called, 'Zhuangqiao Central Primary School,' which has aroung 1200 pupils!
The purpose of the visit is to establish links, develop Global Citizenship and promote learning about Chinese language and culture. This exciting opportunity will be used following his return, forming the basis of his class' topic.
Homework Challenge: How far is it from London to Shanghai? How long does a non stop flight take?
What route does a flight take to get to China?
Mr Treneer attended the Opening Ceremony, along with UK delegates, Chinese counterparts and organising representatives from both the British Council and the Hanban organisation. It was great to meet people and hear about their schools.
During the afternoon he undertook a visit to our Partner School, receiving an extremely warm welcome and being overwhelmed by the facilities offered by the school.
Just back from a very interesting day in school. Given the size of Zhuangqiao Central Primary, they findt it hard to believe just how small our school is! I visited a number of lessons and saw some terrific lessons. Sharing our School occurred, where I was kindly supported with translation by a University Student who attends the University of Nottingham, who have a Campus here.
Wednesday 1st November
Another extremely full day spent at Zhuangquaio Primary School, watching some terrific lessons in Maths, Art and English, followed by an extremely humbling assembly.
The school had arranged a thrilling programme of music and dance to celebrate our partnership, where an exchange of gifts between the two countries occurred.
After a visit to our partner school this morning, was taken on a tour of some local sites of antiquity. The first was Budhist Temple over a thousand years old! Sadly the monks had been removed, apparently to allow the government to preserve the site...
Some of the architecture was amazing, likewise the statues, many of which were massive and very spectacular indeed.
Thursday 3rd November
I returned to the hotel at 8:40p.m., after leaving at 8:20 this morning, a long and busy day indeed.
The morning was spent at the University of Nottingham. I was very impressed by amazing facilities it offers its students. The University was established around 14 years ago by the University of Nottingham, which has a campus in both Nottingham and Malaysia.It has students from across the globe and learning takes place in English. Students from there are recruited by many powerful global firms. We Listened to some very interesting speeches and signed a contract of agreement with our partner school. This outlines what we hope to achieve in the future.
Later we discovered A small traditional Street market which was truly a contrast to the University. I feel extremely privileged to have been able to participate in this project and look forward to developing it and children in the future.
Tomorrow we are set to be picked up by 8:00 a.m. For a day to explore the city's surrounding environment. Following what I am sure will be a very full day, I then need to be up and ready by 4:00 a.m on Sunday for the return to Shanghai to catch the flight back home! This in itself is no mean feat, as by coach it takes almost four hours! The flight is then scheduled to take 13 hours 40 minutes! If you see me looking bleary eyed next week, you'll know why.