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Visit by Chinese Students 2019


In July 2019 a group of children from our link school came to visit us for the week.  During the week the children took part in lessons, learnt how to cook cakes and took part in a visit to Blackpool Tower.  They also visited a host family for a meal and this was the highlight of the visit, for our children and the Chinese children.

'We loved having Jack and Leo over for the evening. We went to Bamber Bridge park with Sam and Katy.

On the way home we called into Morrisons and we picked up some bits for tea. The weather was so good we had a barbecue.

Arlo and the boys loved playing on the trampoline and after tea they had strawberries and ice-cream and played draughts. 

The boys' English was very good and they  were a credit to their parents and school with their lovely manners.

Arlo enjoyed showing them his China photos and practicing his Mandarin!! 

Thanks for another wonderful cultural exchange opportunity.'

(Mrs Carroll)

Cultural Visit to Beijing and Qingdao in October 2018

China Blog

Please click to read about our visit to China.

Our Travel Itinerary






Leave for  Beijing. See flight details and times.




Arrive Beijing T2 at 5:25am, Eat breakfast and coach to Badaling Great Wall.

Lunch at The Great Wall

Travel back to the hotel

Dinner near hotel


Lama Temple


Visit to Wangujing Street

Dinner in shopping mall


Visit to Forbidden City

Lunch near Pearl Market

Visit to Pearl Market


Kung Fu Show


Visit to Pearl Market


Train to Qingdao

Dinner and settle in hotel


Visit to Pichai Yuan shopping hutongs


Visit to Music Centre



School based activities


School based activities

Meal with host families


School based activities

Visit to stone carving museum

Dinner and activities organised by the school



Train to Beijing

Acrobat Show

Peking Duck Meal

Travel to Airport


Arrive back in Manchester

Children to be collected by parents



The Great Wall of China

Yonghe Temple

Wangfujing Street

The Forbidden City

Chinese Food

The Kung Fu Show

Sightseeing in Qingdao

School Experience in Qingdao

The Acrobat Show

Chinese Language Lessons

This term some of our children are learning Chinese in an after school club.  The following links provide activities and songs to practise at home.



Year 5 Chinese Dance Lessons

Visit by Chinese Students  2018

Visit by Chinese Students 2017

Ghana 2017


In 2017 Mr Kellett led some funding raising for 'Future Leaders UCC in Ghana.   We are delighted to announce that during Lent, through our fundraising activities, we managed to raise a magnificent £500 to support ‘Future Leaders UCC’ in Ghana, the school which we have developed an international link with. Our aim was to raise enough money to provide medical care for the children of Future Leaders UCC for a whole year, as well as feeding the school for a month; we are happy to announce that we have achieved this. Mr Kellett was happy to receive news that the money was received by the children's center and we are delighted that our hard work has made a positive impact on underprivileged children. Thank you to everyone who supported the children in their fundraising efforts; another example of our school community living the Gospel Values and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.



Over the past year and a half Our Lady & St. Gerard's has developed a successful partnership with a school in Ghana, Amankwatia Primary School B. The school is located in Kumasi, the second largest city in the country, and the partnership has been supported by the British Council.

So far the partnership has involved children in Years 5 and 6 writing letters to the school as well as projects involving rivers, Christmas and food. The children have thought about what life is like in Ghana and this was used as a focus in their topic of 'Africa' last year. 

The school has received funding from the British Council to support visits for teachers of both schools. As part of these visits Mr Cartridge and Mr Cummings visited Amankwatia Primary School 'B' during the May half term holiday. They had a fantastic time at the school and really enjoyed meeting all of the children and staff. In June Mr Akorli visited the school from Ghana and took part in activities with various classes. The children really enjoyed meeting him and learning about life in Ghana. We are delighted to have this opportunity to continue developing aspects of global citizenship in our curriculum.



Children in Year 5 have communicated with a school in Poznan, Poland. The children initially wrote some Christmas poems and enjoyed reading those written by the Children in Poland.

The children paired up with a 'Pen Pal' and have been writing letters to each other. So far the children have written about their school and interests as well as our Easter traditions. 




Year 2 have linked up with a school in Adelaide, Australia, as part of their work in Geography. The children emailed another school to ask questions about their school and home life; to find out the similarities and differences  between life in the UK and life in Australia. 

The class is a year 6 & 7 group. They have sent a class photograph and a picture of their classroom to show how different their leaning environment is from ours. They have bean bags and rugs to work on! 


International School Award


We are pleased to announce that we have achieved the foundation level of the international school award. This award recognises the international work that has taken place in school and signifies that we have introduced an international dimension to learning.  

Over the past couple of years we have completed a series of projects with different schools, in particular with our partner schools in Ghana and China. During the next year the school aims to achieve the intermediate award before eventually reaching full accreditation.  

We have lots of projects planned throughout the school and we aim to provide the children with many more memorable experiences! 

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