A group of 10 Castlebrae Mandarin learners from S3 joined with a group of 10 from Tynecastle High School in an amazing trip to Beijing from Thursday 4th October to Sunday 14th October 2018.
Through partnerships with the Swire Foundation and George Watson’s College, Chinese Mandarin is taught at both schools. At Castlebrae, every student in S1 and S2 has a period of Mandarin in the curriculum in addition to two further periods of Modern Languages (French & Spanish).
At the end of S2 there is an option to choose Mandarin as a main subject in S3 and we were delighted that so many of our learners were keen to do so. This current S3 group were then provided (again, through Swire) with this fantastic opportunity of the fully funded trip to Beijing.
The students fully embraced this opportunity and a member of staff who supported the trip said, ‘Difficult to convey effectively in words just how great the trip was. Whether it was marvelling at the Great Wall or experiencing the magic of our students shaking hands and exchanging contact details with the Chinese students – just beautiful, inspirational and life affirming moments to treasure forever.
For a full account of the trip, please visit the @CastlebraeCHS Twitter account where a thread of tweets has been created with photos to show just how incredible the experience was.
A huge thanks to Miss Walker for all her efforts and hard work in organising and leading the trip.