Greenbank MS completes student exchange

Greenbank MS completes student exchange to South Korea

 Students and staff from Greenbank Middle School during their student exchange to South Korea.

In April 2017, 16 students from Greenbank Middle School, along with Principal Dennis Paré and staff members Kathryn Ferris and Heather Carmichael, travelled to Changwon, South Korea, as part of an international student exchange. The study tour was a real reunion since the students and staff from Changwon had visited Greenbank MS during the fall of 2016.

From the moment the Greenbank students and staff arrived they were treated like “rock stars” by the host school and the students’ families. The Canadian students shadowed their South Korean counterparts for two school days but also spent time visiting the Changwon area. After 6 days, the group travelled to Seoul for the final leg of the trip. In the words of Principal Dennis Paré:“the whole experience was overwhelmingly positive for all involved.” One of the Greenbank students, Aaron, described the student exchange as “a magical experience re-connecting with a friend face-to-face halfway around the world.”

Even though Greenbank MS closed its doors in June and each of the staff members who participated in the South Korea exchange have moved on to different schools, they each plan to initiate efforts to repeat the success of the Korean exchange at their new schools at some point in the future.

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