Partnerships in education: Cooperation to support student achievement
Today we had a very special visit at Chongqing Renmin Primary School. Renmin is a school of about 350 students. It is located in urban Chongqing and serves students 6-12 years of age. The purpose of this special visit was to participate in the official signing ceremony which formally establishes Chongqing Renmin Primary School and Bernard Elementary Mandarin Chinese Magnet School (of San Diego Unified School District) as cooperative educational partners and "sister schools". Bernard Elementary had the unique opportunity to send two students to Chongqing to participate in the ceremony. Along with the students, Mr. Edward Park, principal of Bernard, and Mary Taylor (principal, San Diego Unified School District) were able to make a special trip to attend the ceremony.
We were all warmly greet by staff and students alike. The school took great preparations to coordinate the ceremony and provide our delegation with a gracious welcome and student centered dialogue. Renmin principal Catherine Yang gave a delightful speech and spoke of the wonderful opportunity students will have (at both schools) to learn from each other while deepening their content knowledge through meaningful interactions. We were also presented with beautiful Chinese gifts which was very generous and display of their robust hospitality.
The school plant itself is beautiful and the students were joyous and charming.
I hope that through continued collaborative efforts we can work together to establish additional sister school relationships specifically between Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and local Chinese schools.
A big thank you to Justin and Sophia for acting as our welcoming committee and tour guides. Also, a special thank you to Vivian Peng, for serving as a host family and coordinator!
Eddie and Victor become offical Remnin Pioneer with their red scarves.
This young man is the artist who created the beautiful caligraphy that was presented as a gift to Bernard School.