Taiwan Takes on Texas

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With sister schools and partnerships in over eight countries, Ursuline’s newest set of visitors from Stella Matutina Girl’s High School in Taiwan may bring that count to nine.

Stella Matutina Girl’s High School, located in the metropolitan city of Taichung, is a large school with over 2,200 students and six grade levels. Like Ursuline’s other sister schools, Stella Matutina is a high level, all girls, Catholic private school, sharing many similar Ursuline values of faith, service, and sisterhood.

But what makes this partnership unusual from past relationships with other schools is how it was formed.

“We were initially contacted by the parents of one of our alums, Annabel Chang, who was also the valedictorian from the class of 2004,” said Cecilia Nipp, Director of Global Relations and Cultural Exchange at Ursuline Academy. “[Annabel’s] father made the connection between us and the school in Taiwan because his wife, Anabelle’s mother, had gone to that school. He felt that they were very excellent and we’re very excellent, and that we had a lot of common values, which we do,” she said.

Those “common values” include an environment very similar to Ursuline’s, which Ms. Nipp, Ms. Angel Chinundet, and Ms. Susan Bauer experienced in a trip to the school last April.

“They are also a Catholic, all-girls school. They are also academically rigorous. Their girls are also committed to the environment and very curious about the world,” said Ms. Nipp.

Another commonality was food. “One of the things that struck me the most was while we were doing our presentation, after we showed a video of life at Ursuline, one of the girls said that she couldn’t believe that there was another school halfway around the world that was just like theirs.”

Ms. Nipp also said, “We shared our snacks with them and they loved trying American snacks,” Ms. Nipp said, “We had a great time exchanging snacks and it was really funny to see their reactions. They couldn’t believe how sweet our sweets were!”

To further the relationship, ten students and six faculty from the school, including the principle and former principle, visited Ursuline in early September. We hope that this visit will be just the beginning of a long friendship between Stella Matutina and Ursuline.

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