Overseas Trips
5th December 2019

Y4 Overseas Learning Journey Xiamen Trip 2019

162 Dunmanians and 19 teachers embarked on a 6-day Overseas Learning Journey to Xiamen and Zhangzhou between 17 Oct and 23 Oct 2019.

The coastal city of Xiamen is one of the four initial Special Economic Zones of China and home to Mr Tan Kah Kee, a Chinese businessman, community leader and philantropist who was pivotal in the development of Singapore. Through the visit to Jimei School Village, Dunmanians were able to witness firsthand the impact Mr Tan had on education and the development of his hometown. A strong believer of making education accessible to everyone, Mr Tan also played a vital role in the establishment of many schools in Singapore, such as Ai Tong School and Tao Nan School, which were alma maters for a number of Dunmanians. The visit to the Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum reminded Dunmanians of the values he exemplified as a servant leader which also resonated with our school’s mission – To nurture our students to care, to serve, to lead.

One of the highlights of the trip would be the school visits to Jimei High School and Xiamen Experimental High School. Through interaction with local students and cultural lessons such as Chinese opera and poetry, Dunmanians gained better awareness and appreciation of the differences in cultures and education systems between Singapore and China. In Jimei High School, a friendly couplet-composition competition was held between Dunmanians and the local students.

The enterprise visits to Gulong Soy Sauce Cultural Park, Ten Fu Tea Enterprise and Heng Li Watch and Clock Company provided opportunities for Dunmanians to witness how a balance can be struck between modernisation and tradition, showing that preservation of culture need not be compromised by economic growth.

Dunmanians also had the opportunity to visit various cultural heritage sites and museums such as the Laoyuanzi, Gulang Island, Nanjing Hakka Earth Buildings and the Overseas Chinese Museum. These visits gave Dunmanians an insight to the challenges and uncertainties faced by the Chinese ancestors, and enabled them to reflect on what it means to be a Singaporean Chinese in this era.

This overseas learning journey allowed the students and staff to gain fresh perspectives on Chinese culture, language and governance in China. Dunmanians were also able to think more deeply about their own national identities.

“As a SAP student, I was able to expose myself more to Chinese culture, traditions and ideologies and make sense of the similarities and differences between China and Singapore. The learning of Chinese culture allowed me to better appreciate and treasure the rich heritage. I also realised the importance of bilingualism and this trip has allowed me to apply my bilingual skills to understand the local people and their rich history better. This trip also gave me the passion and purpose to continue to use Chinese language as one of my core languages to communicate with my peers and others.”  – Wong Hong Qin, Garrett (19Y4L) 

德明政府中学初中四年级的厦门与漳州的文化交流之旅于十月十七日至十月二十三日成行,参加的学生共162名,随行老师则有19位。

厦门位于中国东南沿海,是中国最早设立的经济特区之一, 也是陈嘉庚老先生的故乡。他对于新加坡早期的发展有着举足轻重的影响,而且他所资助建立的小学是许多德明学生的母校。通过游览集美学村以及向导们的介绍,学生们对陈嘉庚老先生有更深一层的认识。他对教育的热忱,对祖国的感恩和无私奉献,以及他待人处事的原则,例如诚信,节俭,是值得大家学习的。

集美高中通过创作对联的活动,厦门实验高中则以写书法和京剧表演,提升了我校学生对中华文化的认识,也让他们意识到这几千年文化的传承与审美观。两所高中的师生们对德明师生的热情款待,以及在地学生们在言语间流露出对学校的爱,让德明师生们心里留下了深刻的印象。

参观古龙酱园以及漳州的天福茶园也让学生们体验到文化保留与经济发展其实是能够并存的,两者之间并不一定是互相牵制的关系。学生们也通过各个博物馆以及文化区的参观,了解先辈们为了维持生计所历尽的种种挑战与艰辛,并由此得到不同的启发,从而意识到自身作为一名新加坡华人背后的文化意义。

“这次的学习之旅让我意识到其实身为新加坡华族的我们在某个定义上也称得上“龙的传人”,也就是中国人的后代。不过,我们虽然在长相、想法等方面和中国人有不少相同之处,但是我们最熟悉的新加坡文化和中国的文化很不一样,因此我们还是对“新加坡人”的身份有更强烈的归属感。” – 何芯仪 (19Y4L)

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