Tomorrow's journos jump at chance to visit Ipswich
IPSWICH Girls' Grammar has played host to the journalists of tomorrow as part of an exchange with the Chinese Chenguang Media Training School.
More than 60 of the Chinese students, aged 8-13, dropped into IGGS for the day as part of a south-east Queensland tour.
After a short greeting ceremony, where the visitors thanked the Ipswich school for its hospitality, the Chinese students then sat in on various classes through the afternoon.
Grammar's boys', girls' and junior schools were all part of the visit, with students "integrating" into classes on all campuses.
Beijing international marketer Donghai Cui said the "little journalists" would produce stories about their time in Ipswich.
"They run their own newspaper as part of the media school," Mr Cui said.
With visits to Movie World and Lone Pine Sanctuary also on the itinerary, the students shouldn't be short on inspiration.
Despite being able to speak only basic English, the young international students did a fantastic job of reading out their speeches at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School's Phoenix Room.
Mayor Paul Pisasale was on hand to greet the visiting children yesterday, also offering himself as an interview subject for the up-and-coming reporters.
"This is the kind of collaboration where you don't see the benefits overnight," Cr Pisasale said.
"These are the journalists of the future.
"Girls' Grammar's international program is growing and this kind of visit helps people understand that education can help link us all together."