Welcome to London
Westminster City School has been busy saying kon'nichiwa, as we welcome our Japanese exchange partners to the UK.
Our Japanese exchange pupils and their teachers arrived in London on Wednesday 27 November, the night of our School’s Inspiring Musical Futures concert. They have been staying with their Westminster City School partners and attending classes with them at our School. They have also undertaken a trip with their partners and our Deputy Headteacher, Ms Lockyer, to Windsor Castle and to Westminster Abbey.
Ms Lockyer said: “At Westminster Abbey, our pupils and their exchange partners were warmly welcomed by The Reverend Anthony Ball, Canon of Westminster and Vice Chair of our Governors. He gave a fascinating overview of the history and foundation of Westminster Abbey to our pupils and their exchange partners.”
Our Westminster City School pupils have also been ensuring their exchange partners enjoy their time in the UK. Year 10, Akash, said: “Over the weekend, we visited Stonehenge with my Japanese exchange partner, as well as showing him some of the sights that are a little nearer to home, like the Tower of London. We have also been introducing him to different English food!”
For over 20 years, Westminster City School has been undertaking a Japanese exchange, which sees pupils experience a completely different culture firsthand. Last month, four Year 10 Westminster City School pupils arrived in Tokyo with our Headteacher, Mr Broughton. Our pupils also attended classes at their exchange partners’ school, as well as going on several culturally significant excursions.
Westminster City School pupils write a letter of application to join the Japan exchange programme during Year 9. Pupils are then interviewed and those selected must attend Japanese lessons to learn more about the language and culture. Prior to departure for Tokyo, our pupils make contact with their exchange partners, in order to gather information about them and their families.