Pupils on ships

Students from the Carnarvon Boarding House on board the warship. Picture: 'Francesca Williams
Students from the Carnarvon Boarding House on board the warship. Picture: 'Francesca Williams
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A GROUP of international pupils paid a visit to three Chinese warships which were in Portsmouth.

The group of 14 Hong Kong and mainland China students from Years 10 to 13 at St John’s College in Southsea visited Chang Bai Shan, frigate Yun Cheng and the replenishment ship Chaohu.

As reported in The News, the ships were in Portsmouth’s dockyard to strengthen relationships between China and the UK, as part of a week long visit.

Steve Bedingham, the college’s house parent and overseas welfare officer organised the trip so that international students at the school could see warships which, for many of them, had come from their home country.

Elena Wang, 15 said: ‘I wanted to come and see the warship because it’s made in China and I’m made in China.’

The students had the freedom to walk around one level of the ship where navy officers on-board were happy to answer any questions about their role, their journey, the ships’ weapons, and the warship itself.