During Half Term, the Warden, Mr Cliff Hodges, Director of Outreach and Partnerships, Mrs Kay, and the Head of Mandarin, Ms Chen, flew to Shanghai to cement our partnership with the Aurora Education Group.
This followed on from the visit to Forest of Principal He and Mr Huckabee in May. Whilst there they took part in various activities and exchanges and symposiums with their staff – looking particularly at their approach to teaching and learning – with a view to setting up a cultural programme that Forest students could benefit from when they visit.
Our visitors spent three days at the Shanghai Foreign Language Middle School, observing lessons and meeting with teachers and school leaders to discuss their educational philosophy and how that works within the context of the Chinese education system.
As you will be aware, in May Forest School launched our partnership with Aurora by hosting two teachers (including their Principal, Mr He) here at Forest. This will involve both staff and students undertaking study visits and our mandarin students working with their Chinese counterparts in Shanghai, hopefully starting later this academic year.