Since 2018, we have been fortunate enough to form a partnership with Srinakharinwirot University Prasarnmit Demonstration School in Bangkok, Thailand. Groups of around 10 pupils, aged between 10-12, visit our school for 2 weeks, experiencing ‘Wincheap life’ within our Year 5 and 6 classes.
As well as being immersed into school life, we arrange daily after-school home visits with families of pupils at our school. Through doing this, our Thai visitors have experienced many new and exciting opportunities, such as ice skating, bonfire night celebrations, Scout groups and sampling a range of different foods. Our Wincheap families are always amazed at the impeccable manners of their Thai guests and the children are excited to make new friends and proud of the connections they make. In some cases, the children have even swapped email address to keep in contact from across the world!
The staff members from the Thai school that accompany their pupils also use this opportunity to further their own professional development by observing teaching and learning in lessons across the whole school. Following on from their observations, staff adopted some of the methods used at our school within their own community. Not only do the children experience British culture, the children and staff offer an insight into their own culture, culminating in a traditional Thai dance performance to the whole school at the end of their visit.
Due to travel restrictions as a result of Covid-19, we are unable to host our overseas visitors in 2020, though hope to welcome the staff and pupils back as soon as we are able to, with a view to expanding to a second visit at a later point in the school year, as requested by the Principal of Prasarnmit Demonstration School. If you have any questions about our connection to the school, or would like to become a host family for future visits, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Ranson or Miss Davis through the school office.