Fifth Form Chinese linguists left the rainy skies of England to fly to the progressive city of Beijing, China during the October half-term to immerse themselves in Chinese culture.
The students arrived with their host families who lined up a variety of activities and learning which helped them put into practice all the Mandarin that they have been learning. They ventured the streets of downtown Beijing admiring the masses of shops and their diverse range of goods.
A valuable relationship was established when Whitgift students spent a day with their host students at their school. Pupils received an exclusive insight into the different methods of teaching in contrast with those used a Whitgift. The day was rounded up by students exchanging gifts and contact details.
The trip included cultural visits to world-famous attractions such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and visit the Bird’s Nest Stadium.
Fifth Form student James Vandrau said “Although I don’t go on school trips often, I would say that the trip to Beijing was one of my favourites.”
This trip has given the students a great opportunity to practice Chinese and they will have all returned confident enough to tackle their oral exams in the imminent future.