Nine QMC students flew to China in the April holidays as part of a two-week exchange with our sister schools, Beijing National Day School and Shanghai Southwest Weiyu School. They were joined by Chinese teacher Lixin Wan, who gives us a little taste of school life in China below:
Upon our arrival in China on 14th April, we took a bus with our tour guide, Chen, to Beijing National Day School (BNDS). Chen gave us a very detailed introduction about the city in general including the population (over 20 million), the weather, city history, people’s ways of living and the buildings that passed by. The girls were stunned by the beautiful buildings and school ground.
The next day, our girls briefly visited an English A (Language and Literature) class and observed how Mr Gayz, an American teacher, taught students how to write a poem. BNDS organised a few cultural lessons for our students, including tea making, calligraphy writing and paper cutting.
The National Day School held a welcoming ceremony. Our girls proudly sang a waiata and the Scots College students performed a haka. In exchange, A BNDS student danced a Mongolian dance. Our students were amazed by the grand buildings, modern facilities and the students’ art work.
During our stay in Beijing the girls visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Chen also took us to the Great Wall of China. Although it was a windy day, the girls had a fantastic time.
Our next stop was Shanghai, where we visited the Finance Centre (the second highest building in the Shanghai), the Coca Cola company and the ancient streets.
Shanghai Southwest Weiyu School gave us a welcoming ceremony in a studio which was broadcast live to three different campuses to over three thousand students. Students had an opportunity to observe lessons, such as Mathematics, English, Biology and Chemistry.
Highlights of the exchange included eating delicious Chinese food, the school cafeteria, language and culture immersion, and visiting historical sites in Beijing and skyscrapers in Shanghai.
It was a memorable trip for our students because they all created a connection with the schools, cities and people of China.