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Oundle Economists and Linguists visit China
4th November 2013

Press contact:

 

Liz Dillarstone

Publicity and Press Relations Officer

Oundle School

01832 277267

07810 788458

ed@oundleschool.org.uk

 

When three Oundle School pupils studying Economics, seven studying Chinese and Head of Economics, Mo Tanweer touched down at Shanghai airport with Head of Chinese, Hua Yan, after almost a day of travelling, none of them really knew quite what to expect.

 

Pupil, Jeremy Manger (15) commented, “The short coach trip to the school that was to be our home for the next week gave us a glimpse of what lay ahead.  We travelled through all the different aspects of Shanghai, through areas of extreme poverty on the outskirts, to the towering skyscrapers of the inner city.”

 

Over the next week the group participated in a number of activities both in the school and in the city of Shanghai. They visited COMAC, China’s main aircraft manufacturer, and toured around the facilities before finishing off the day with a brief lecture and a meal at the Fairmont Hotel, hosted by Oundle parents, Andrew and Catherine Fischer. They also visited Shanghai Volkswagen and received several case studies from Rubicon Partners about what it was like to do business in China, particularly for Western firms operating in a very different market and culture.

 

The rest of the week was spent at a boarding school in Shanghai (Caoyang No.2 High School), where pupils were engaged in lessons with the Chinese students, with some trips out in the evenings, including a wonderful acrobatics show and a trip on the impressive maglev train. The pupils also completed a homestay with their Chinese buddies, spending a weekend immersed in the cultural and domestic daily life of Chinese people.

 

Jeremy added, “At the end of the week we each spent two days at the house of one of the Chinese students, which for most of us was the highlight of our week. At the end of our week in Shanghai, we said our goodbyes and left for Beijing on the high-speed rail. Our week in Beijing was just as packed, with tours to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Olympic Stadium and many other interesting places.

 

The trip was enjoyed thoroughly by all, and was a brilliant opportunity to experience Chinese culture, history and to learn about the future of a country that in one way or another will have a huge impact on our lives.

 

Background Information on Oundle School

 

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English Market town from which it takes its name. The School's buildings, dating from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School's history goes back to 1556 when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocers' Company decided to divide the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for pupils from further afield. However, to mark the new millennium, the Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the common name of Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.

The School is now able to offer a range of educational possibilities to meet contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education, with Laxton Junior as a 4-11 day school, and Oundle School as a boarding and day school, with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form.

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