Today we visited our Sister School: Xing Hai Primary School in Suzhou. We were greeted at the school by some teachers and students, including Tina who was a teacher that came to our school a few years ago and Rachel who stayed with Zinnia’s family last year. It was wonderful to be greeted with such happy and welcoming faces. We then met the Principal, Mr Hong. He explained many things about Xing Hai to us and we exchanged gifts with him and the school. We received a beautiful piece of art from one of the students at the school- you can look out for it hanging somewhere in our school when we return. We were then given a tour around the school, some highlights including the school library, reward ‘supermarket’, gym and playground. We watched a music lesson which was just wonderful, the students were very talented. We then went into Tina and Rachel’s Grade 5 classroom where we sat in on a Maths class (where they were learning formulas for calculating the circumference, radius and diameter of a circle) and a Chinese lesson. We then ate lunch in a private dining room in the school canteen. It was very funny because one of the teachers pointed out that we were all using chopsticks and the Chinese staff were using their spoons!!! Opposite Day!
When we returned to the hotel, Zinnia was picked up by Rachel’s family for a 2 night homestay. They spent the afternoon exploring the market and went out for a very yummy dinner.
Lara, Lindsay and Charli attended a lesson with a kung fu master and I’m sure they will be very willing to give a demonstration during a school assembly because they were enjoying showing off their newly acquired skills. They then visited the Humble Administrators Gardens in Suzhou. For dinner, we ate at a Japanese restaurant. The highlights were the sushi, fried chicken, dumplings and the prawns.
Tomorrow we look forward to visiting Xing Hai Primary School again and then visiting more of Suzhou in the afternoon.
Missing you all at home.