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Coventry school exchanges

There are a great many school exchanges. Of course many are arranged between schools and only reported in school publications themselves; many do not involve twinned cities. However, some notable visits from Coventry schools have been reported in the Coventry Evening Telegraph archives. You can get a flavour of these visits in the following excerpts from reports:

Some notable visits to Coventry:

  • A children's choir from the German city of Dresden brought music and harmony to its twin city Coventry on a three-day visit. Members of the Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir made their first visit to Coventry, performing at Coventry Cathedral and King Henry VIII School. The 40 nine-to-17-year-old choir members stayed with pupils and staff from King Henry VIII School and spent a morning joining in with lessons.
  • June 27, 2001, twenty teenagers from Coventry's twin city in China will arrive next month to find out more about the region. City schools have arranged sports days, concerts, arts and educational activities.
  • April 5, 2014, 'dozens of children from Volgograd in Russia have arrived in Coventry to celebrate the links between the two cities through music. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the two cities becoming twin cities - the first recorded twinning arrangement in the world. On Wednesday night, children and organisers gathered at Taylor John's House in the Canal Basin for a welcome party.To mark the occasion, musicians from Volgograd Children's Symphony Orchestra performed a free concert in Coventry Cathedral last night, alongside the Blue Coat School Choir and Coventry Youth Wind Orchestra. Yuri Ilynov, artistic director of the orchestra, said: "The twin city movement was established between the people of Coventry and the people of Volgograd.
  • Youngsters from two city schools have been repaying the hospitality shown to them by Hungarian pupils. Twenty-eight children aged from 11 to 14, from Kecskemet, south of the capital of Budapest, are visiting Coventry. City pupils visited Kecskemet, one of Coventry's twin cities, last year. The Hungarian students are taking part in events at the two schools, as well as visiting the Museum of British Road Transport and Herbert Art Gallery.
  • June 27, 2015, 'Fifty students from Whitley Academy's link school, Hiroshima Prefectural Kamokita Senior High School in Japan, visited for the day and exchanged ideas and learning experiences including sign writing, dancing, and language development. Whitley Academy's own "Asia Day" complemented this visit, sharing culinary and cultural activities from Japan. The day started with an assembly to highlight the importance of the link between Whitley Academy and the Kamokita High School in Coventry's twin city of Hiroshima. Whitley Academy is looking forward to welcoming the Kamokita High School again in November 2015 and students from current Year 8 will be their hosts.'

Of course not all visits involved twinned cities. A report on November 19, 2004 noted that John Shelton Primary School, in Briscoe Road, Holbrooks, had a long-standing link with the Duusi Catholic Primary School in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, in West Africa. The two schools were part of the Link School Programme run by London-based international development agency Link Community Development. Children at John Shelton wrote regularly to pen pals at the African school, and learning about life in West Africa was part of the curriculum, taking in a range of subjects including geography, citizenship and literacy.