GTS Welcomes Teachers

from Hong Kong

Posted on: 24/05/2018

Great Torrington School was visited by fifteen teachers, all the way from Hong Kong on Friday 18th May. They have been visiting Devon as part of an international project with the University of Exeter’s School of Education. This project explores how different countries deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in schools. The group from Hong Kong were especially keen to see the work being done at Great Torrington School due to their innovative project-based learning curriculum in Year 7.

After a day observing a wide range of lessons, the guests from Hong Kong were full of praise for the work being done at the school:

“The teachers here are so enthusiastic and full of so much creativity” exclaimed Mr. Wong Wai Keung, from Carmel Alison Lam Foundation Secondary School, Hong Kong.

“We have been to several schools where they tell us many fine words but it is wonderful to be in a school that is actually putting great, creative ideas into action!”

Vian Siu Wai Yan, Head of Science at St. Teresa Secondary School, Hong Kong was particularly moved by the strength of relationships between staff and pupils at the school.

“All of the children, in all years are just so happy. They look like they are at home. Enjoying themselves and at home.”

Pupils at the school call female teachers ma’am. This got lost in translation and some of the teachers from Hong Kong thought it strange that the children called the teachers ‘mum’ and they didn’t mind!

The teachers from Hong Kong were particularly excited to see the aeroplane – yes, a real aeroplane – that is being built as an enrichment activity by the pupils.

Kirk, from the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity stated:

“Building a plane is the best STEM project you could ever do. It doesn’t get better than that!”

Teachers from Great Torrington School were also inspired by some of the work that their colleagues from Hong Kong had been doing. One school had designed small pods to enable silk worms to go into space. These pods had actually been taken up to space be Chinese astronauts and they had shown that silk crated in zero gravity is of a better quality than on earth. Another school engaged more girls in a love of design technology by designing and marketing ergonomic flip-flops made from recycled materials.

Great Torrington School’s Headteacher, Tracey Amos said

“It was such an honour to have visitors come to our school from Hong Kong. I hope this is the start of a long friendship which will lead to even more exciting projects and opportunities in our schools.”

 

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