For another year, the skies hung in a glorious blue over the city of Beijing where our Year 6 students explored and learnt over 5 nights and 4 days. With bag loads of zest, courage, perseverance, resilience, kindness and social intelligence, the Year sixers certainly gave their all and took risks to make the most of their much anticipated week away. Language skills were tested, tastebuds were trialled, footsteps were trod, packs filled with shopping, questions asked and minds intrigued.
Over four full days of exploring in China’s capital, our Year 6 students were treated to the incredible sights of: The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven, The Drum Tower, a wander through the Hutongs and of course, the unforgettable day when over 100 Year 6 students together climbed the Great Wall of China. They were also kept busy and active with Jianxi (shuttlecock) kicking, calligraphy painting, Peking Opera mask painting, shadow puppet crafting, Chinese cooking and meeting the famous Cricket Master!
Thursday was a particularly special day of our itinerary. It was one of those experiences that are off the tourist track and certainly cannot be found in a Lonely Planet guidebook! Our students had the opportunity to visit the impressive Shi Jia Primary School, our sister school in Beijing. Excitement was in the air (and certainly some shyness) as all students approached each other. Although within a short amount of time, gifts were exchanged, laughter and chatter filled the air and some new friendships formed.
All senses were astounded with the Beijing Acrobatic Show as well as the Peking Opera performance. Not to mention visiting the Beijing City Planning Centre to get more of a bird’s eye view of this incredible city of old and new, as well as stroll through Olympic Park to pose before the iconic Bird’s Nest and Water Cube buildings.
It is true, all good things must come to an end and before we knew it, Year 6 were boarding the plane bound for home. Their bags a little heavier from shopping, stomach’s certainly fuller, minds racing with memories and stories to share, new friendships formed and old ones strengthened as well as an empowering sense of confidence and independence in themselves.
Congratulations Year 6. We are so proud of you.