Published on: 7 November 2014

The Preparatory School celebrated Access Asia Week this week – a new event exposing boys to the diversity of Asian cultures around the world and within the Christ Church community.

Co-ordinated by Year 2 teacher Chantal Hockey and Chinese language teacher Li Liu, Prep School boys were involved in a number of authentic experiences promoting and celebrating Asian cultures.

Ms Hockey said the new annual event, for boys across all year groups, was designed to complement the introduction of Mandarin across the Prep School curriculum in 2014. “One of the aims was to get boys thinking about the geographical and social connections between the Australian and Asian continents,” she said.

The boys enjoyed a week of events including sushi-making demonstrations in Years 4 and 6; a whole school lunch provided by Wok and Roll; kung fu lessons for Year 5; Korean storytelling by Christ Church parent Yeojin Yi for Pre-Primary and Year 1; and excursions for Years 2 and 3 to the Confucius Institute at UWA.

There were also lunchtime activities in the Prep Library, a performance of Chinese instruments by the Australian Huayi Brothers Chinese Orchestra and a Chinese lion dance performed by the WA Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu School at this Friday’s assembly.

Ms Hockey and Ms Liu are already looking for presenters for Access Asia Week in Term 1 2015. “If you or your family would like to share your cultural knowledge and heritage with us, to reflect the diverse nature of Asian cultures in the Christ Church and wider community, please contact us.”