Looking forward to Chinese connection

The trip, which will involve about 12 students and 12 college staff, parents and community members, will include a visit to their sister-school Jinling Senior High School in Changxing.

Among the planned stops are the Terracotta Army and Muslim Quarter in Xian and the Yuyuan Garden and People�s Square in Shanghai.

The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is also on the list, along with Beijing attractions the Great Wall of China, Bird�s Nest and Water Cube and the Summer Palace.

Year 12 students Emily Vercoe and Kaitlyn Grundy said they were looking forward to experiencing the culture of China.

�We�re going to a lot of different places and we will experience lots of different things,� Emily said.

�It�ll be good to see it out of a textbook and actually experience it first-hand.�

Intensive English Centre deputy principal Terry Dunn, who is organising the trip, said other new experiences for the group would include taking in a kung fu show and trying peking duck.

�There are definitely some curriculum links about what we are doing there in relation to what we study at school, so it makes it all relevant,� he said.

�This is something a little bit different and it shows you the diversity and it gives you an insight especially into Chinese culture, but I�m really looking forward to seeing the student connection.�

Mr Dunn believed the students would enjoy the three days planned at the high school they developed a sister-school relationship with in 2013.

�I have been two times already with the principal and the last time with some staff and we did some exchange activities, we did some teaching workshops, some English workshops and we even took over some footballs and did an AFL session with the boys and girls on the track out there,� he said.

�They�re really nice kids but they spend long hours (in classrooms) 6.30am to 9.30pm, six days a week. It�s a seniors school so basically 16 years up to 18 and they board at the school, so they do a lot of studying, and when they do get to go out and do sport it�s a lot running and athletic type of things so when we brought the footballs, that was a very different experience.�

He said they would be the first group to visit with students.