At the flag raising ceremony, Mr. Alan Weathers, addresses the entire school body (6000 students) as well as faculty and staff in this video. Our students were welcomed warmly by the RDFZ community.
After the flag raising ceremony, one of our hosts Ruby explained the Chinese educational system and the differences there are with our educational system. After lunch, we went to the ICC, where students had the opportunity to sit in on various classes. The ICC program follows the IB system. Classes included Art, English, math, and languages. We then gathered for a traditional tea ceremony, where we learned how loose leaf tea is made. The tea was very delicious and satisfying. Porters students then mingled with RDFZ students, choosing either to try calligraphy, paper cutting, or rolling paper, and spent time learning the traditional Chinese art making while fostering friendships with our foreign friends. Later this evening, some of the group heading over to the Supermarket for some snacks. Getting ready for bed- jet lag is hitting us hard but we are ready for tomorrow’s adventures! -Anna
After a restful night in the dormitories at RDFZ we met downstairs in the lobby to walk to the cafeteria with our wonderful host, Grace. We enjoyed some Chinese classics such as: flour bread, scallion rolls, pork bread dumplings, cinnamon cake and more. We then went on a tour to the exhibition gallery and learned about the history of RDFZ and various student accomplishments. We walked over to the track and field where the 6,000 students gathered for the flag rising ceremony. Our group leader Mr. Weathers gave an introductory speech to the students and teachers of RDFZ. Off to some classes talk soon…
The group arrived at school and were served dinner in the cafeteria before moving into their dorm rooms. The students are tired from the long flight but looking forward to hitting the ground running in the morning. All are happily sound asleep!