Sharing experiences across cultures is an immensely powerful learning experience and Northcote High School facilitates this through strong sister school relationships.
Sister School - Huaibei Number One High School, Anhui Province, China, established 1999
Northcote High School and Huaibei Number One High School established a sister school relationship in 1999. Since that time, more than 700 students and 50 teachers have been exchanged through annual visits. The relationship is a significant one for both schools and supports language studies, the teaching of international studies and history and a development of cultural awareness. In 2017 35 music students and teachers visited Huaibei to perform jointly with our sister school, in our fifth music exchange tour. 2018's tour will focus on sport.
In 2015, NHS extended its sister school agreement to include the Tianyi High School campus of Huaibei No1 HS. And in 2016, after four years of research, approvals and negotiation, NHS and Huaibei's Tianyi High School signed an agreement to deliver the VCE in China. In doing this, Northcote became the first Australian government school to cooperate in such a way with a Chinese school.
NHS students visit Huaibei as part of a two-week four-city tour of China, usually in September. Huaibei students spend two weeks in Australia in August. Huaibei is a medium-sized city (of about 1.2 million people) where coal mining is the main industry. Tourists are rare, so NHS students encounter a genuine and unique cultural experience. In 2010 Clifton Hill (Gold Street) Primary School signed a sister school agreement with Huaibei No 1 Model Primary School and joined our students in the 2011 China tour, which further strengthened ties with Huaibei. Since then, Alphington Primary School has joined in building relationships in Huaibei.
During exchanges, students homestay with families and develop a rich appreciation of each others’ cultures. From time to time, teachers are placed in each sister school to support language study and discuss pedagogy and educational issues. Activities for NHS students also include visits to historical sites, including the Great Wall.
Sister School - Tianjin Binhai Foreign Languages School, Tianjin, China, established 2016
Northcote High School and Tianjin Binhai FL School signed a sister school agreement in 2016. It is a new school in the new coastal development (Binhai area) of the northern port city of Tianjin.
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School Partnership advice
Northcote HS is usually not able to process unsolicited requests for partnerships. International schools seeking Australian partner schools should consider contacting
The Department of Education, International Education Division, Level 1, 41 St. Andrews Place, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia. Phone (+61 3) 9637 2000