Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 23/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_3d0Today the school had organised for us to go to the Zhou Zhuang Village. Once again this was a beautiful and very historic village, full of canals, antique mansions, temples and on the edge of a large lake. We had an authentic Kunshan/Suzhou banquet for lunch and were able to wander around and enjoy the cultural offerings of the village. On our return the students were treated to a combined Hot Pot dinner with their homestay families.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 22/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_16bToday the students started off with an Art lesson, focusing on Calligraphy. They produced some very pleasing pieces of work and were most responsive to the Chinese teacher’s lesson. At lunchtime they participated in a huge game of ‘Tug of War’ which was a lot of fun. After lunch we headed off to Suzhou Academy where they had a paper cutting lesson and really enjoyed being there. This is one of the most elitist and best schools in China, available only to students of the high academic abilities. A beautiful school with the most amazing museum of the school’s 1000 year old history showcased there. On the way home we stopped at the Lion Gove Park, which was an amazing man made cave filled scenic spot.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 21/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_1e6 unadjustednonraw_thumb_1be unadjustednonraw_thumb_1e2A special visit was organised on this day. We went to an amazing Sports Academy High school, which only accepted the most capable and highly competent sports students, who boarded in there. Our students were buddied up and really enjoyed spending time in the buddies’ classrooms. They experienced Maths, Economics, Health, Sport, English and Chinese Language. After lunch they played an invigorating game of volleyball against a most professional team of young men, but really our students put up a great competition. The Principal of the school gave them a taster of Handball with another professional team and that was most entertaining to watch. Another good day.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 20/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_1f6 unadjustednonraw_thumb_204Today the students were taught by a Chinese teacher. She was impressed with their Chinese speaking skills. Later on the students enjoyed their first experience of Fencing. They cut fine figures on the floor as they swished their way with swords and enthusiastic moves. (Of course protective clothing was the order of the day) Late a visit to Pinjiang road was an interesting visit. Quite a long, famous shopping street, reminiscent of Venice with its swirling canals.

Another enjoyable language lesson and off to the homestay family for the evening.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 19/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_286 unadjustednonraw_thumb_24fGarden modelling was the first lesson for the day, followed by Taichi and lunch. An interesting morning. After lunch we went to the Humble Administrator’s Garden and couldn’t believe the beauty of this place. To top the day off, a surprise party for Raphi with a chocolate cake brought a smile to everyone’s faces. The cake was beautiful, the mango smoothies filling and Raphi was pleasantly surprised. On our return the students eagerly participated in a language lesson with Will, and then worked on their journals.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 17/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_2b3In Hangzhou, the highlight of our visit was catching up with Ciara, an ex-Collingwood College student who is studying in Hangzhou on a university scholarship. She took us to her university where we had a tour, played table tennis, and had a uni lunch. Later, we went to Will’s ancestral temple, took a walk around the beautiful lake, had dinner and went to the night market. It was great catching up with Ciara who showed us how lucky she was to have studied Chinese in year 12, and to be in China studying now on a government scholarship.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 16/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_302An exciting day visiting the Three Kingdoms. Our students were able to dress up in ancient royal robes, view a Chinese opera, take a very wet boat ride on the lake, and finish with a very exciting re-enactment of ancient Chinese battle. Such an exciting day and off to Hangzhou for the weekend.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 15/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_e3The visit to the Nanjing War Museum on this very wet day really captured the sorrow and carnage of war. It was hard to smile after seeing the tragedy of war.

Later that day, we braved the atrocious weather and visited the calm and tranquil setting of Confucius Temple. The day was finished with another enjoyable language lesson.

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Young Leaders Trip to China 2016: 14/09/16

unadjustednonraw_thumb_faunadjustednonraw_thumb_e7unadjustednonraw_thumb_f2On this day, we visited a beautiful art museum which had a great collection of Chinese art through the ages. The highlight for the students was when they were able to participate in a calligraphy lesson. Beautiful pieces of work were taken home.

The finale to the day was another night on a sleeper train with Will conducting language lessons for each room of students (a little bit cramped, but he sat in the doorway, obstructing the passage way a little) and the students were happy with their lesson.

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