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CHS Hosts Guests from Aarhus, Denmark Sister School
CHS was recently honored to host visitors from our partner school, Aarhus Katedralskole, in Aarhus, Denmark. Arne Frier, an Assistant Principal, and teachers Dorthe Hesselholt and Janne Wikman were our special guests. We are in the first year of the partnership where teachers from both schools share lesson plans students from both schools collaborate via technology. The schools became partnered when both applied for a partner school through the Center for International Understanding and were matched.
Last October, Cuthbertson Principal Rob Jackson, Assistant Principal Kim Warr, and English teacher Tammy Nelson traveled to Denmark to visit Aarhus Katedralskole. They spent time visiting classrooms, meeting with student groups, learning about the school and Danish culture, and writing the â€œMemo of Agreementâ€ for the partnership. The trip to NC made by the Danish partners was to give them the opportunity to meet CHS students and teachers, observe classrooms, and learn more about our school community.
The Danish delegation arrived in Raleigh in April 9 where they spent two days learning about the American education system prior to traveling to Waxhaw. Once they arrived at Cuthbertson on April 12, their visit included observing classrooms, meeting with student groups, and meeting with teachers. To learn more about our school system, the group met with UCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis; they also visited Kensington Elementary and Cuthbertson Middle School. The Denmark delegation took a walking tour of downtown Waxhaw and visited the Alphabet Museum. They also visited the Museum of the New South in uptown Charlotte - a museum that traces the history of the Charlotte area and also focuses on the educational history of the area.
So what is next in our partnership? We will continue communicating with their teachers to plan opportunities for collaboration via technological tools like Skype and VoiceThread. They will be bringing a delegation of 23 students over in October to stay in host homes and experience our school and culture. They will visit classrooms with students, as well as take short excursions around the community during their stay. CHS plans to travel again to Denmark in April, 2012. For more information on Aarhus Katedralskole, visit www.aarhuskat-gym.dk/indexeng.shtml .
Written by: Ms. Paula White
Posted: Apr 27, 2011 by Ms. Paula White