Fostering a global bond at Xavier High School

Mayor Kevin Mack and Xavier principal Gavin Dykes with the special guests from China at a school assembly last week.
Mayor Kevin Mack and Xavier principal Gavin Dykes with the special guests from China at a school assembly last week.

Xavier High School has marked education week with some very special visitors.

Students from Nanping No.1 Senior High School and Janjin Middle School in China visited as part of a cultural exchange program.

"Xavier High School and Holy Spirit Primary School have had, and continue to foster a relationship with both primary and secondary schools in Nanping City, China," principal Gavin Dykes said. "Our association with the schools in Nanping City commenced in 2009 with a visit to China by Neville Powles and Malcolm Scott, respective former principals of Xavier High School and Holy Spirit Primary School.

"A subsequent visit to Albury by a Chinese delegation in 2013 and a return trip by staff from Xavier High School and Holy Spirit was undertaken in 2015 to further establish connections with the schools of Nanping City and explore the options to implement a teacher and student exchange."

The first delegation of 14 students and staff from Xavier visited Jianjin Middle School, Nanping No.1 Senior High School and Nanping Experimental Primary School in 2016.

This was followed by a visit in June 2017 by a Nanping No 1 Senior High School delegation and a second visit by Xavier High School in December 2017. In 2018, Xavier High School staff and 27 students again visited the Nanping schools to further their experiences in the culture and education of Nanping City.

This year Xavier will be taking 37 students to Nanping City with five staff.

"On our last visit in 2018, a renewed Memorandum of Understanding was agreed upon with the objective of continuing to develop an enduring relationship between our schools, aimed at fostering mutual understanding, co-operation and friendship," Mr Dykes said.

"One of the goals of the Memorandum is to have a preparedness to host teacher and/or student exchanges.

"The principals of each school agreed to the possible exchange of students and staff for short and long term stays in accordance with the directives of their respective governing authorities. We love having our friends visit, and continue to build strong bonds between not only Albury and Nanping, but Australia and China."

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