23 February 2012
Students from Walthamstow Hall in the UK and Eastchester High in the US visited Cambridge this week following collaboration on their Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) project.
The two schools have worked together on a project about child poverty in their respective countries, communicating via Skype to share their work and ideas. The programme of work establishes a link between the schools that is set to be a permanent feature in their teaching of Cambridge Pre-U GPR.
The US students are visiting their UK counterparts for a week to gain first-hand experience of another culture.
Walthamstow Hall student Georgie Smith said: "You think that you know quite a lot about someone's culture and then you hear about it and it's so different to your own; especially how big their country compared to ours!"
Eastchester School student Phil Kimora-Thollander said that Cambridge Pre-U GPR had enhanced his study skills: "It gives you an insight into how to examine articles from a neutral standpoint and eliminate bias to see the main points.
"We gain a lot of different viewpoints and are allowed to examine each other's culture as well. I learned a lot about the Walthamstow Hall students, they learned a lot about us, and together we worked well."
Anne Needham, Cambridge Pre-U GPR coordinator at Walthamstow Hall and US Cambridge Pre-U GPR consultant, said: "Our students have been absolutely overwhelmed by the friendship, the support and the mutual working. They’ve really enjoyed their time together and I think this has set the trail for future relationships."
We have made a short video about their visit. Watch the video.
The students from Walthamstow Hall plan to visit Eastchester High in February 2013.
Cambridge Pre-U GPR is designed to equip students with the independent thinking and research skills needed for university. Global Perspectives develops research and thinking skills during the first year, preparing students for the extended project in the second year (the Research Report).
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