From September 22 to September 27, 2019, a delegation of 22 teachers and students from Canberra Grammar School (Canberra Grammar School) of Australia visited our school. With the joint efforts of the whole school and 17 volunteer host families, the activity was a complete success.
On the morning of Sunday, September 22, the Australian delegation arrived at Beijing National Day School and met with the host families in front of Yuanzhu Building. Afterwards, the host families arranged a wonderful one-day trip for the Australian guests who had come from afar.
On the morning of September 23, Ms. Wu Fengqin,Director of International Department, Zhong Jingjing, Director of the International Exchange Center, and other representatives of teachers and students held a warm welcome ceremony for the visiting teachers and students On behalf of the school, Ms.Wu Fengqin extended the warmest greetings to the visiting teachers and students. Sarah Payne, head of the Foreign Languages Department of Canberra Grammar School, thanked BNDS for its warm reception.
BNDS teachers carefully designed a series of Chinese language and culture experience courses for the visiting students, such as Chinese painting and paper-cutting. The visitinggroup also attended classes withpartners from our school to experience teaching and learning in BNDS. It is worth mentioning that James Cameron, a geography teacher from Canberra, taught an impressive geography lesson to the international students. Outside the campus, the Australian teacher-student group also visited the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Summer Palace and other cultural heritage in Beijing with the accompany of BNDS teachers and students.
The visiting students stayed in the host families every night and participated in activities organized by the families to experience the cultural atmosphere of Chinese families. They visited famous tourist attractions in Beijingtasted special Chinese delicacies, played Chinese chess and made dumplings with the host families. The visiting students were deeply touched by the enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of the host families.
At the farewell party held on the evening of September 26, students from both schools performed enthusiastically, expressing their wishes for friendship between the two schools.
Claire Chan, a visiting student, told of the warm reception she had received in schools and host families over the past few daysand the close friendship she had established withher partner. Ms. Wang Qibo, a host family parent, said that all the host families regard the visiting students as family members, and were reluctant to say goodbye to them.
On September 27, BNDS students and parents bid farewell to their Australian friends. Although they only spent a few days together, they have built up a solid friendship through learning, playing, dining and hanging out together.
One of the goals of our school is to cultivate first-class talents with Chinese soul, global vision and multi-cultural understanding. The International Department will continue to create various opportunities for teachers and students to experience diversified cultures and broaden international horizons through wonderful international exchange activities.