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A whistle-stop tour of NPTC Group for Chinese visitors

NPTC Group has been rolling out the red carpet for some very special visitors from overseas. As part of a Colleges International Culture Trip, the Newtown Campus has played host to 16 visitors from Chongqing in China. Students and staff visited NPTC Group as part of a full and varied two-week itinerary taking in the sights of many teaching institutions throughout Wales.

The guests were welcomed with a delicious meal at Themes, the College’s teaching restaurant, based at the Newtown Campus. Here they were given a welcome speech by Principal Powys Campuses, Steve Doodson, before tucking in to an evening of culinary delights at the restaurant which is solely staffed by catering and hospitality students.
International and HE Director, Steve Rhodes, made the visitors welcome, while Tony Burgoyne, senior catering lecturer, explained the selection of starters, mains and desserts on offer - including some new experiences for the visiting diners!

The evening’s entertainment didn’t stop there. Sera Carpenter, who is currently studying early years at the College’s Newtown Campus, impressed a full restaurant with a selection of English and Welsh songs, including show-stoppers from Les Miserables, and the traditional Welsh song ‘Calon Lân’.

For the Chinese guests, their visit to the UK was a new experience, with many being particularly surprised by our remote and rural surroundings.

Friday began with a visit to the College’s Fronlas Farm in Newtown. The Chinese students were very excited by the prospect of seeing the animals, with most of them never having seen sheep or cows before! They were happily kitted up in protective clothing (overalls and wellington boots) before taking in a tour of the cow sheds and sheep pens which were complete with some new-born lambs. The sheepdog puppies were also a huge hit and became stars of the show, posing for a number of photographs!

Later the visitors enjoyed tea and coffee at the Theatre Bar, before an interesting tour of the Newtown Campus.

Over lunch Newtown’s Performing Arts students wowed the visitors with a show of their skills. This was followed by a decadent pamper session given by learners from the Hair and Beauty department, with some of the visitors enjoying manicures, hair-cuts and styling. After this the Chinese learners enjoyed a brief trip into Newtown while the deans and lecturers were given a presentation on the educational achievements of NPTC Group.

Later in the day the group recharged their batteries at the Bull & Heifer in Bettws Cedewain. This was excellent preparation for the following day which took in a tour of Devil’s Bridge and the Elan Valley Visitor Centre!

Picture: Getting close to nature - our Chinese visitors enjoying their time at Fronlas Farm.