Class 7C MEP Chinese enrichment week commenced with the theme “Imagine”, which saw the students learning about a Chinese songs and Pop Culture. They devised songs and dramatic performances, which they performed to the local primary school students at the culmination of the week. As part of this event, we welcomed the three piece British rock band Transition, who combine rock with Asian rhythm and melody and sing in Chinese. Students took part in a songwriting workshop with the band and then, along with the rest of Year 7, they enjoyed watching Transition perform some of their greatest hits.
Together, with other MEP students and teachers from our partner MEP school, Melbourne Village College, Cambridge, we visited the British Museum and had a traditional Chinese buffet lunch in a restaurant in China Town. Students from both school communicated in Chinese, shared their MEP learning experiences, which has boosted their confidence and build friendships across the two schools. Students were fascinated by the Chinese history and culture, displayed in British Museum and discovered as part of the China Town visit.
On Wednesday, students engaged in cultural workshops provided by the specialist teachers from CI TCM at Southbank University. The workshops included Chinese dance, tranditional music and Martial arts. Students learnt to blend Western musical traditions with Chinese instruments.
On Thursday, Year 7 students spent the day at the University of Cambridge, as guests of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. They had the privilege of being taught language and calligraphy lessons by some of the staff from the Faculty. They also had the opportunity to have lunch with former Anglo European student, Eliz Avni, and they were able to ask her all about life at Cambridge and what it was like to study Chinese at such a high level at such a prestigious university. The day finished with a tour of the city and its colleges in the sunshine! The Professor spoke very highly of our students’ linguistic abilities and we are grateful for the continued offer to support our Chinese teachers develop their skills, enabling them to continue to stretch and challenge this cohort so that they realize their full potential on this course.
Throughout the week, the MEP students were preparing for a workshop to be delivered to the children at our local primary school, Ingatestone Juniors. On Friday afternoon, our MEP students delivered a session which began with a presentation of two songs and a dance to the Year 3 and 4 children. They then worked with them on a carousel of workshops involving language teaching, painting and calligraphy. The MEP students really enjoyed taking the role of the teacher and they were able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to younger students, inspiring possible Chinese students of the future.