Twenty five high school principals from China, and a representative from the Chinese department of education, recently made a stop at Archbishop Williams High School while on their national tour of American schools.
The tour was campus-wide and included the new Nazzarro Science Lab, the Dignan Athletic Training Center, the new McGrath cafeteria, the gym, the auditorium and the newly renovated Nazareth Hall.
“I hope they learned as much from us as we learned from them,” Principal Michael Volonnino said about the group. “On their national tour, they usually just visit with school administrators for a Q&A session, so it was great for them to visit classes in session.”
The visit, arranged by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, also provided the group a chance to meet with the school's Chinese international students. One student, Daisy Xiaodian Zhang, when introducing herself to the group, unexpectedly met a middle school principal from her hometown of ChengDu, Sichuan province.,
“I felt very honored to see him and other principals from China,” Zhang said. “He took a picture of me and sent it to my own principal there.”.
Volonnino was appreciative of the students and their interaction with the guest principals. “They are our best ambassadors!” he said.