Published on: 8 November 2018

Our Year 6 boys recently enjoyed an opportunity to experience aspects of Chinese culture as part of the Preparatory School’s Mandarin course.

Led by Mandarin teacher Ms Li Liu with the support of our Year 6 teachers, the full-day excursion included a Kung Fu workshop at the Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy in Balcatta followed by a Yum Cha lunch at Dragon Palace and dessert in Northbridge.

“As 21st century Australians and members of the global community, our Year 6s benefit from the opportunity to further develop their cross-cultural understanding and experience of Chinese culture,” says Ms Li Liu.

“Boys learn to become more adventurous, open minded and curious towards different cultures, which can be very different to their very own.”

“A refreshing bubble tea in Northbridge made a great way to finish the day.”

Year 6 attendee Kai Mahalingham commented, “I think the Chinese excursion is extremely beneficial to any student, especially those who wish to pursue Chinese in the future. This experience opened my eyes to the amount of history and culture behind the Chinese lion dance. I loved this experience and want to pursue Chinese further because of it.”

Fellow attendees Alex Molyneux and Jeremiah Wang commented, “The Yum Cha lunch at Dragon Palace was scrumptious and filled with the best food; dumplings, fried squid, BBQ pork buns, noodles and other delicious foods. Every person thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are sure that it will be just as enjoyable for the boys next year.”

Christ Church Grammar School offers a comprehensive Chinese (Mandarin) language program for all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6, which follows a student centered, inquiry-based teaching and learning approach.