Published on: 30 August 2013

Christ Church hosted students from Beijing’s Huijia School recently as part of the School’s language and Beyond Queenslea Drive program. The annual four-week exchange gave the Chinese boys time an opportunity to immerse themselves in the School’s program while making connections with their host buddies and other boys.

Chinese teacher Phillipa Nock said it was the third year Christ Church had hosted students from Huijia including eight students in Year 8 and two Year 10 boys as part of the Beyond Queenslea Drive program.

Ms Nock said the main aim of the exchange was to provide the Chinese students with opportunities to improve their English through interacting with staff and students at the School. Other fun activities included day trips to Rottnest Island and Kooringal, with a side trip to Peel Zoo, a pizza night and attending the Midnite production Les Misérables.

Ms Nock said the Chinese students joined their buddies for all classes and found their English lessons with Duane Nurse a particular highlight.

“Their level of English was very good so they managed well,” Ms Nock said. “They were a great lot of boys, who joined in with everything. Their buddies found them very friendly and really enjoyed their visit.”

Earlier this year, nine boys from Years 9 to 11 visited the Huijia School as part of Christ Church’s biennial China Tour.