On 4th March, 2015, Wednesday, students from BSB Shunyi Year 9 Mandarin classes - Advanced, Near Native and Native groups, participated in a field trip to the China Fire Safety Museum, which is run by the Fire fighting branch of the Chinese Police.
Their first activity was to watch a 3D video regarding the origins of fire and its raw, unpredictable power - one that could forward human technology but also burn it to the ground.
They then were taken through a hall and were shown fire fighting technology as well as the honoured fire-fighters who sacrificed their own lives to save others in the line of duty.
Students were then shown another video on the do's and don'ts of escaping in the case of a dangerous fire. This included a safety examination where students were told to cover their nose and mouth and bend down below a metre or lower so as to avoid death from smoke or the flames. The end result was that around 35 of the 50 students passed.
Three students also volunteered to a fire extinguisher demonstration. This was where an interactive video was played on a screen, and said students had to use the fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire in 10 or less seconds.
Along with fire safety, the students also practised earthquake safety. Students were led into a bar, where they participated in a simulation of an earthquake. A video was played explaining how to be safe in the event of an earthquake, and students were given time to take covering. Then, objects which would have fallen moved slightly instead, to inform students who have made mistakes while still keeping them safe.
The last safety simulation was the simulation of escaping from a subway train in the event of a fire. Once again, video was used to simulate the moving of the train. Students then had to escape the train through an emergency exit.
Lastly, students had a packed lunch then left to go back to school in time for the last lesson. In their classes next week, students from the Mandarin Native and Near Native classes would be tasked with writing an essay to show what they have learned, while the Mandarin Advanced group students have learnt the fire safety vocabulary and how to escape from fire and earthquakes.
Thanks to all the teachers who had organized a great day full of fun for the students.
Update from: Edward Kok (Year 9C) [Chinese Near Native Set]