We were extremely fortunate to welcome visitors from Hong Kong into college for three days (26th, 27th & 30th April). The purpose of their visit was to see how Exmouth Community College teach STEM subjects and to also gain an understanding of how such a large scale school runs.
The team of visitors was made up of five teachers, one University Lecturer and one official from the Bureau of Education in Hong Kong. The teachers worked with teachers from the college by observing them teach, planning a lesson and either team teaching or solo teaching our students. There were also plenty of opportunities to share ideas and experiences during break and lunchtime. Whilst the teachers worked in the Science, Maths, ICT and Design Technology departments, the others met with Heads of Department and senior staff, Mrs Miles, Mr Allen, Mr Turner and Mr Davis - to discuss ideas about education and the similarities and differences in the way the schools in the two countries run.
Our visitors were fascinated by our school and thoroughly enjoyed meeting our staff and hearing about all the exciting work that goes on, in and outside of college. They were especially excited to see science lessons taking place outside and to learn that we offer such an array of opportunities in extra curricular areas. The most pleasing observation from the visitors was that they all felt our students were naturally engaged in their learning without enforcement from the teacher which they thought was due to teachers building good relationships with their students, and developing an atmosphere conducive to learning. They were also extremely complimentary about how friendly and polite our students and staff were around site and in class. They said that it was so nice to be thanked for giving their help in lesson time and how impressed they were by our students' confidence when they met a panel of of them to answer questions about life in a school in Hong Kong.
It was fascinating to hear the differences in our education systems and understanding the emphasis schools in Hong Kong put on technology in learning. They could not believe how our staff hold the attention of our students for an hour or even two without the use of an iPad or E-learning Apps!
We feel really lucky to have had 3 days to share ideas and learn about a school life in a different country, and look forward to working with the teachers from Hong Kong in the future! Thank you to all the staff who gave up their free time to help make the visit such a success.