Overseas Trips
1st January 2019

BSP Immersion Trip to Beijing

12 November 2018 marked the start of a fruitful school immersion trip to Beijing, China. 18 students, as well as 3 teachers, embarked on this 2 week long trip to China’s capital as part of the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP).

One of the highlights of our trip was visiting one of China’s most prestigious institution – the Peking University. We attended eight different lectures by various distinguished professors. Not only were the lessons rich in content, they also covered a myriad of topics pertaining to China, ranging from foreign and economic policies to environmental problems. The lectures provided us with a deeper understanding of China’s growth prospects and the challenges it faced. We even had the opportunity to interact with students from Peking University. They displayed a strong sense of humility, endurance and diligence. Interacting and learning from them undoubtedly inspired us to work harder and continuously better ourselves.

Besides attending lectures, we also delved into China’s rich culture and history. We visited several tourist destinations in Beijing such as The Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Former Residence of Lao She, Imperial College and many others. We marvelled especially at the Temple of Heaven, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another memorable site was the National Museum of China. In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of China’s economic reform, a cornucopia of special exhibits were on display in the museum, featuring the milestones of the nation’s growth over the past forty years as well as the goals to meet in the years to come. This rare opportunity concretised what we have been taught under the subject of China Studies in Chinese as the exhibition was closely related to our syllabus.

Furthermore, we had the privilege to attend classes and interact with students from Beijing National Day School. The school’s emphasis on self-directed learning proved to be an interesting experience for us. What set this school apart is the fact that they offer the Advanced Levels (A-Level), Academy Profession (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) concurrently, incorporating overseas pedagogies and resources into their school system. The students we interacted with came from the international department. They do not have to take the National Higher Education Entrance Examination as they will study in foreign universities once they graduate. The students were very passionate about what they were learning and were very inquisitive.

All in all, these two weeks we spent together in Beijing has been nothing short of fulfilling. We are extremely thankful for this opportunity to experience life in Beijing and learn more about China’s politics, society and economy.

2018年11月12日至25日,18位高一双文化学生在沈妍君老师、刘志强老师和安凤云老师的带领下,到北京开启了两周的浸濡活动。

此趟学习之旅,我们很幸运有机会到北京最优秀的学府之一 ——北京大学去上课。我们共听了8位资深教授有趣的讲座。讲座内容非常丰富,其内容涉及中国外交政策、经济增长策略,以及能源环境等课题。这让我们更深入地了解当代中国的发展前景以及所面临的挑战,从中获益匪浅。通过与北大学生的交流,他们不耻下问,刻苦耐劳,为梦想努力拼搏的精神值得我们学习。他们优秀的成绩并不是靠一天的努力得来的。

我们在课余时间也参观了北京著名的旅游景点,如故宫、八达岭长城、天安门广场、老舍故居、国子监等,一边游览一边了解中国的政治和历史。此外,我们能够来到北京天坛亲眼目睹这一宏伟的世界文化遗产,心里真的有说不出的惊叹与敬畏。我们在行程中也参观了国家博物馆。正巧今年是中国改革开放40周年,国家博物院举行了一场大型特展,展览内容包括中国在改革40年间所取得的成就,以及中国对未来发展的目标。能够碰上这次的展览实属难得的机会,展览内容与中国通识(CSC)课题紧密相关,有助于我们进一步了解课堂上所学习的内容。

最后,我们有幸与北京市十一学校的学生们一同上课、交流。这所学校很有特色,也非常强调自主学习,对我们来说是个新奇的体验。北京市十一学校与众不同的地方就是他们开设了中英合作项目(A-level)、中美合作项目(AP)、国际文凭组织项目(IB)三个国际课程,将国外课程先进的理念和优质的资源引入学校的课程体系。我们主要与本校国际部的学生交流。国际部的学生们都不需参与中国高考,而且毕业以后都将出国读大学。我们与他们一起上课时发觉他们上课时都踊跃参与讨论,积极提问。除了上金融课、生物课、语文课等常见的课程外,我们几位同学也很幸运地参与了他们的商业课程与戏剧课程。

总而言之,这两周的浸濡活动非常精彩,我们不但学到了更多关于中国历史文化、政治、外交、社会等方面的知识,也一起创造了美好的回忆。此行可谓满载而归。

 

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