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Cavs Host Danish Visitors

Danish visitors from our sister school Aarhus Katedralskole in Denmark pose on the historic overhead bridge in Waxhaw as part of their walking tour of the town.

CHS was excited to host 22 Danish students and two teachers from Aarhus Katedralskole - our sister school in Aarhus, Denmark from March 7-14! The visitors stayed with host families throughout the week and had a variety of American experiences with their hosts as well as through planned school events. CHS students, staff, and clubs looked forward to the visit and planned various social events. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes started off the week with a welcome breakfast for the group on Monday and the National Honor Society capped off the week Friday with a dessert reception. The Danish students were especially musical and attended Band and Chorus classes and even gave a special singing performance during lunches.

“I greatly enjoyed hearing their tranquil voices as they sang for our students and on our field trips. It was amazing to see the passion that they have for music,” said Assistant Principal Fermandi Dyson.

The students had a chance to visit various other classes with their host students and a PE class where they played volleyball.

They also had opportunities to attend our home sporting events of lacrosse, softball, and soccer. Outings were planned during the week to give the visitors a taste of North Carolina culture. They visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame, took a historic walking tour of downtown Waxhaw, and explored the Mint Museum.

Assistant Principal Andy Brooks accompanied the group to the Mint Museum and later lunch at Fuel Pizza.

“We had a great time! The students were very artistic and I think having that background made them really enjoy the museum,” he said.

The Danes visited New Town and Kensington schools for question and answer sessions with the elementary students and even taught them how to sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in Danish!

Host families provided many experiences for the students such as going shopping and to church; playing laser tag; going hiking; and visiting the Latta Plantation, the Whitewater Center, and Boone. They also planned a surprise party for one the Danish students whose birthday fell during the week.

CHS teacher Jennifer Abuaita hosted one of the Danish teachers, Mette Schjemte, for the week.

“She was so interesting. I especially loved hearing how her school operates and the differences in our education system. For example, they are very informal with their students and have very few rules when travelling with school groups. They call their teachers by first name which is part of the Danish culture. This applies to everyone including the principal or head of the school! She loved outdoor activities and was very happy with our NC weather. All of our visitors seemed very health-conscious. Mette said in Denmark they rarely eat out because it is too expensive. They do not have the fast food places and processed foods we have. It was a great exchange. I learned so much!” said Ms. Abuaita.

“We loved having students from our sister school here visiting us for the week and they even performed two songs during each of our lunches and did an incredible job! We appreciated them sharing their amazing talent with us,” said Assistant Principal Sarah Stott.

Principal Kim Warr said, “It was such an honor to host the Danish students and teachers and have so many opportunities to learn from each other throughout the week! The cultural exchange was incredibly valuable as well as fun; and we feel we have made lasting friendships!” 

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Mar 24, 2015 by Paula White

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