Visit to Shanghai March 2018
At the end of March 2018 a group of about 30 students and teachers from Eastbourne ,Kent and Surrey were invited by the Putuo District of Shanghai to spend five days in Shanghai. The aim of the trip was to help us set up ,or develop ,links with our partner schools in Shanghai. Ratton has a link with the wonderfully named Sunshine Foreign Language School and it is affiliated to the Shanghai International Studies University. The philosophy of the school is “ Better School,Better life,enjoying a sunshine dream”
It is a very modern school with amazing facilities and they are really committed to expanding their international links and their link with Ratton in particular. We spent a day at the school where were given a performing arts demonstration and were shown around by their very enthusiastic students. The school, amongst other things, has a calligraphy room, a safety room, a room where they make drones, an amazing library with loads of new technology and there was a wonderful, calm atmosphere. A small group of students from the school are coming to Eastbourne in July and will spend a day at Ratton. The aim is now to develop this link and communication between the two schools and hopefully with a view with going to Shanghai in the future
We were so well looked after and the weekend was spent sightseeing including a trip to the lake city of Hangzhou where we saw tea being picked and visited a pagoda. We also went on a river trip in the centre of Shanghai and visited the old centre of Shanghai. I am really grateful to have had such a wonderful opportunity and look forward to working with colleagues from Ratton to develop this wonderful link.