Itinerary

Date / Time Programme
Saturday – Sunday 23 – 24 April 2016
  Arrival at Edinburgh Airport
Sunday 24 April 2016
6:00-8:00pm WELCOME RECEPTION

Hosted by Dr. Judith McClure and Dr. Roger Collins at their home:

12A Ravelston Park, Edinburgh EH4 3DX

Monday 25 April 2016
10.30 am OPENING MEETING

Preliminary tour for Hong Kong partners at 9:45 am

Getting to know you – a coming together of HKSSIP partner schools

Hosted by Mr. Donald Macdonald, Headteacher of James Gillespie’s High School

Chair: Mr. Archie McGlynn

Partners were asked to enlighten one another on governance: HK partners include

three Direct School Subsidy Schools, three aided schools and an independent school.

Scottish partners include four local authority schools (City of Edinburgh and East Lothian) and two all-through independent schools.

From Hong Kong: 5-minute presentation with pictures on Hong Kong;

From Scotland, similar presentation on Edinburgh.

12:30pm LUNCH
2.00 – 3.30 pm How Good are Our Schools?

Arrival of Edinburgh Partnership students and colleagues

Venue: The Malala Centre

Chair: Mr. Archie McGlynn

Two students from each Scotland partnership school and one teacher from each Hong Kong school to pick out one distinctive feature of their school to share.

Tuesday 26 April 2016

10:30am – 4:00pm SEPARATE VISITS TO PARTNER SCHOOLS

A tour, meetings with key teachers and student leaders, classroom observations, with an emphasis on comparing and contrasting. Discussions on how best to take the partnership forward.

7:00pm DINNER

The Edinburgh Academy, hosted by Ms. Debbie Birrell, Senior Depute Rector

Wednesday 27 April 2016
8:45am VISIT TO BALWEARIE HIGH SCHOOL, KIRKCALDY, FIFE

Headteacher: Dr. James More

3:45pm THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT AT VICTORIA QUAY

Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence has just received a positive

and constructive OECD Report:

http://www.oecd.org/edu/school/improving-schools-in-scotland.htm

7:00pm DINNER

George Watson’s College, hosted by Ms. Heather Wilson, Senior Deputy Principal

Thursday 28 April 2016
10:30am ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH ZOO

Mansion House Meeting for Principals/Senior Representative of both Hong Kong and Edinburgh Schools

Presentations include one on Beyond the Panda for schools by Ms. Sandie Robb and by Mr. Simon Macaulay at the SCEN Learning of Chinese Programme

Light lunch in Mansion House

Arrival of Scottish Partner Students for afternoon session at 1.30 pm

Panda Visits: 1:15pm and 1:30pm

1:30pm Scotland China Education Network HKSSIP

AFTERNOON AT RZSS

Arrival 15 students from each school – or more – refreshment

Thursday 28 April 2016
2.00 pm Afternoon presentations in the Education Centre

Hong Kong and Scotland:

Promoting Conservation, Culture and Language

Mr. Iain Valentine, Director of the Giant Panda Project and of Strategic Innovations at RZSS gave a short talk on the Panda Programme and on RZSS’s work in Sichuan.

Mr. Archie McGlynn engaged staff and students in discussing the following themes:

 

Ø   Why study Chinese and English Language and Culture?

Ø   What are the most effective learning methods in the Chinese and English language classrooms?

Ø   What are the most distinctive features of Chinese and Scottish culture?

4.00 pm Departures (wander around the Zoo )
Friday 29 April 2016
1.00 pm MEETING AT THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE FOR SCOTLAND

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, ABDEN HOUSE

With The Rt Hon The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn KT GCMG FRSE

For Hong Kong Partners and one Senior Representative of each Scottish Partner

Light Lunch and De-briefing and Planning Meeting

Saturday 30 April 2016
  Departed Edinburgh

HKSSIP