Nǐ Hǎo, Nǐ Hǎo Ma (Hello, How Are You?)

It was fantastic to welcome 31 students and their teachers/staff members from Taiwan between the Monday 10th-Friday 14th June. Our student visitors were very excited to be in London and were allocated buddies (pictured), who accompanied them to lessons and made sure their stay was a pleasant one.

All students had an enjoyable week sampling the various elements of school life in the UK and seeing the sights and experiencing some new foods! It was brought to a close with a memorable farewell celebration in the SFSC, where students and staff were treated to a melody of songs (very enthusiastically) sung by the girls- including one in (Taiwanese) Mandarin.

Many thanks to students for volunteering to be buddies and to their families for their kindness in hosting our guests during their time with us. We hope our visitors enjoyed their time with us and we look forward to welcoming them again soon!

See some of the comments from our girls regarding the experience below..

"I have learnt that the Taiwanese students are very disciplined by their parents and their school is different because it is very strict. My student said that Taiwanese culture is very similar to Chinese culture and they speak Chinese. The phrases I have learnt are: Ni hao and ni duh ming tau shirh. It was my buddies first visit to the UK. They liked London- but they didn't like the constant raining. They thought London was nice and our school was welcoming. I found it fun hanging out with my buddy she was funny and smart and fun to have around." Year 9 Student

"I learnt that in school in Taiwan, they nap after lunch for half an hour, however their school day lasts from 7 :30 to 17 :00. I also learnt how to say HI in Taiwanese, which is “nǐ hǎo”. My exchange student found British school life and London fascinating.The experience was interesting for me as I learnt about the Taiwanese culture and broadened my knowledge." Year 10 Student

"Taiwanese school starts at 7:30am and end at 5pm, they have 8 lessons a day and a 10 minute break between each lesson, people in Taiwan speak Tiawaniese and Chinese. I learnt how to say hello, bye and thank you i also learnt how to say lol and omg. I learnt how to count in Chinese and how to write the numbers. It was my buddies first time in England and they liked it, we will still be in touch through social media." Year 9 Student

"It was a very fun experience and I enjoyed myself a lot, the girls were very kind and I learnt that they have nap time at school!" Year 9 Student

"I thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Taiwanese girls and I learnt a lot of things about their lifestyle and culture in Taiwan and what their school is like. Furthermore I even learnt how to say hello how are you, which is pronounced “Nǐ hǎo, nǐ hǎo ma.” I will really miss Flora, my buddy, and it has been an experience that I will never forget. In addition, I hope we keep in touch." Year 9 Student