School Forges Strong Ties with China Trip

In June, Associate Head of School for Academics Beth Miller, Director of Residential Life Antxon Iturbe, and Director of College Counseling Sandra Sohne-Johnston traveled to China for 12 days. They explored Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Shenzhen and were able to meet with current students and parents, engage with alumni, and welcome incoming families to the School.

"The trip provided a unique opportunity to learn about our students' cultures and understand the challenges of transitioning to a new life in our School," said Iturbe.

"The connections we made with students, families, and alumni while sharing experiences in their home country are deeply meaningful, and it was a joy to see how proud everybody was to teach us about their country, lifestyle, food, tea, and more."

The group was also able to visit two local schools, Harbor Academy and Sinolink, and meet with the staff of the Jack Ma Foundation. Outings to the Great Wall, West Lake, a tea plantation and other sites rounded out their schedule.

"This type of trip is an excellent way of strengthening the human connection among different constituencies of St. Anne's-Belfield across the globe, and undoubtedly makes us a better school and program," noted Iturbe.

"We were floored and humbled by the treatment we received from families and students - future, current and former - and how grateful they are for the work we are doing. The conversations we had with parents made me feel even more fortunate to be able to work with their kids and grateful for the trust they have in us."