So St.Alban’s children were heading to the U.K. England had been informed…but were they ready?!?! We headed off on the bus with a lot of luggage and Jarvis was very happy….
By the time we got Nanjing, some were even in need of a bit of relaxation…
After a long trip, we arrived in the U.K. A full traditional roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings was awaiting our arrival at Writtle College, and everyone ate well!
Our first day in the U.K. On the morning we visited Cambridge. First stop, the river with a tour guide who was very informative about the history of Cambridge. One of our parents even had the chance to try punting! It’s not as easy as it looks!
In the afternoon we made our first visit to our new sister school Linton CofE Infant School. We sat down to lunch with the children…
The school had prepared many activities about the U.K. for us and children rotated around the classrooms taking part…
The school has a fantastic playground and the children wasted no time getting to grips with it…
There was even time to demonstrate some little Chinese writing.
On our third day we headed to bright lights of the big city, London! We visited the British Museum which had many artefacts from China, housed in a huge wing dedicated to Asia.
We even had the chance to see real ancient mummies from Egypt…
We glimpsed Big Ben, the Parliament buildings and rode the London Eye.
We also stopped to take part in some pavement art before heading to Chinatown for dinner.
And of course, no trip would be complete without seeing that red British icon, the telephone box. “Hello is that China? Please send noodles ASAP!”
On Day 4 we spent the whole day at St. Helen’s Junior School Academy in Brentwood, Essex. We were warmly welcomed by the Headteacher, Mrs. Laraway who accepted a special gift from our group.
The school has a similar ‘house system’ to St. Albans, and we were given a tour by the House Leaders.
St. Helens is an international school and has been learning about China; illustrated through its fantastic displays.
Our children were placed into different classrooms and were given ‘buddies’ to look after them throughout the day. The children took part in a variety of lessons including Physical Education. The school aims to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for sport while promoting the physical and social benefits of exercise. Children are encouraged to develop team work and enjoyment of sporting competition, together with a sense of fair play. Through physical education children are guided to develop such personal qualities as co-operation, self-esteem, confidence, tolerance, empathy and perseverance. The sporting facilities include a well-equipped hall, football pitches and netball courts, playing fields and a 20 metre covered and heated swimming pool.
After school we were invited to a performance by the school orchestra.
Pupils are given opportunity to explore their musical talents in a variety of ways. The pupils musical experience and knowledge, as well as their application, is developed using instruments and songs from different cultures, styles and traditions. They are encouraged to perform with others, to compose and communicate musical ideas and to listen and develop an understanding of music from different times and places
Day 5, and this time at Linton, it’s our turn to teach! Who is that brightly dressed fellow?! It’s Mr.Chris, giving an introduction to the school about St.Albans and Lianyungang. The children shared some information about themselves and Gary executed a high-flying Taekwondo kick to break some wood, with many gasps from the audience!
We then proceeded to teach groups of children how to use chopsticks, how to write in Chinese and how to tie Chinese knots. The English students learned more about China for their ‘Around the World’ project.
In the evening, we were treated to a Chinese play in Southend-on-sea which was expertly performed by students of Brighton College.
And Jarvis posted a letter in another British icon – the red postbox.
Back to London. This time a visit to the Museum of Natural History – and some ancient creatures…NO not the teachers! DINOSAURS!
We also saw many mammals including a life-size blue whale!
After we visited the Wonderlab at the Science museum – and what an adventure! With over 50 mind-blowing exhibits, shows and demonstrations to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other. Spread across seven different zones, there were many opportunities to get hands on with real scientific phenomena. Jo even took a slow motion photo of a water droplet!
Cherry duplicated herself. Phew, more teachers for our new students in August!
It’s off to Warwick. With a magnificent castle, beautiful grounds, views of Warwickshire as well as Mediaeval activities.
The children marvelled at spectacular Birds of Prey took to the skies – including Vultures and Eagles flying from the castle ramparts.
We witnessed The War of the Roses – a spectacle complete with perilous stunt riding, fearless jousting and epic special effects.
Today was time to admit defeat to the sun, one of the hottest summers ever recorded in the U.K! So, off to the beach at Walton-on-the-Naze. And what a beautiful day to splash in the ocean, build some sandcastles and spend time with our new friend Harry!
Who buried Gary?! He’s still smiling though!
After the beach we had time to play on an adventure playground.
‘If we dig deep enough, we might reach China!’
Our final day! This time, Legoland, Windsor.
Feeling like giants we visited many recreations from around the world, including the Chinese Imperial Palace.
After a little taste of China, and with seven very tired children, we headed to the airport after a very successful U.K. trip. Who would like to join us next year?