High school principal to explore possible Chinese connections

Marcus Cooper
Marcus Cooper
New East Otago High School principal Marcus Cooper has been invited to visit China next month, as part of a plan to develop  sister school-type relationships in Wenzhou and Hangzhou, cities close to Shanghai.

Both cities were quite affluent and the Wenzhou Education Board was particularly interested in establishing relationships with schools in New Zealand, Mr Cooper said. 

He was invited to visit high schools in China, following a visit with Canterbury high school pupils,  including his previous school in Oxford, in North Canterbury, he said.

East Otago High School is considering becoming involved with the Global Youth Ambassador programme which was established in New Zealand last year and undertakes exchange visits with schools in China and other countries.

The New Zealand  programme director Mary McRostie will visit East Otago High School on Thursday,  February 21 to outline the programme.

EOHS may become the first high school in Otago to be involved in the programme.

The exchange visits could be short-term, or possibly placements of Chinese pupils to East Otago High School for a term,  or a year, Mr Cooper said. 

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