A GROUP of 18 students and staff from Ballakermeen High School have returned to the island following their fifth exchange visit to a Chinese school.
They spent a week with host families, attended lessons in No 1 School, in Liuyang, and taught English to large classes of Chinese students.
The group also stayed in Beijing, from where students were able to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Beijing Zoo. And they saw the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an.
Deputy head teacher and trip leader Annette Baker said: ‘Our young people have come home with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and enhanced self confidence. They have greater maturity and social poise because in China they had to face challenges outside their familiar support network.
‘Most importantly, they have returned with a better understanding of the wider world and some new friendships.’
The head teacher of No 1 School, Mr Yuan, visited the island with a group of students in July. They visited Peel, Ramsey, and Castletown, and were guests at receptions hosted by the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood and Douglas Mayor David Ashford.