A group of 38 students from China recently completed a two-day visit to The Wensleydale School as part of a cultural exchange program.
The Chinese students stayed at the Low Mill Outdoor Centre in Askrigg while exploring the area.
During the visit, 18 Wensleydale School students joined the visiting delegation at Low Mill for a day of cross-cultural activities.
Students from both schools rotated between outdoor adventure activities, while also participating in Chinese-learning-related indoor activities.
The following day, the Chinese students, who are aged between 11 and 14, toured Aysgarth Falls before spending a day immersed in British culture at The Wensleydale School.
Activities included a PE session and a walk into Leyburn for a fish and chips lunch.
“It was brilliant to make new friends from across the world and discover more about how they live,” said Millie Gilbey, a year 10 student from The Wensleydale School.
The visit was organised by Victoria McArthur, a teacher who worked in China for some time, having studied Mandarin at university.
She also recently started a Chinese enrichment activity at Wensleydale School, teaching students the language and the culture, which she sees as a gateway to experiencing the wider world.
She said: “This has been such an amazing experience for students on both sides, helping to broaden their horizons. And providing opportunities for our rural students to engage with different cultures like this is a vital part of learning about the world.”
The Chinese students’ memorable ten-day trip to the UK will also include visits to destinations like Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Manchester United Football Club, the Natural History Museum in London, and a football match at Charlton Athletic Football Club.