Our Mandarin teachers and Learning Assistants are doing an excellent job at leading the way in helping the children understand about this important celebration. They share with us all an insider’s view of a very important part of Chinese culture. The children are privileged in living in, and learning about, a foreign country and being part of an excellent international school community such as BISS Puxi.
In the classroom the children will often share stories and experiences from their home country. It is a joy to hear! Discussions can be a learning experience for everyone, even the teacher! For example, a Literacy lesson on ‘Folk Tales’ comes alive when they are given the opportunity to share stories from their different part of the world. At another level children can discover similarities in the tales, where often the deeper message of the text is the same irrespective of the country it comes from. A lesson there about the common values many cultures share.
Playtimes are also an ideal opportunity to see the benefits of international education. We see every day how friendships develop between children from different countries. And as these friendships grow so too does the children’s understanding of others. It broadens their perspective on the world, particularly when they can experience a different culture first-hand. What a unique opportunity they have at a ‘sleep over’ in a new friend’s house, to learn how other nationalities live and appreciate the diversity of the world around them. How lucky they are!
In having this international experience at school, our children become more aware, more tolerant and more acceptant of national differences. They learn about the world in a wider sense, as part of their daily life, and how to accept and value differences in others. This means our children are advantaged to be the global citizens of tomorrow; successful and skilled at overcoming barriers, and confident at communicating across cultural divides. And if that doesn’t give us hope for a better world in the future with more understanding and tolerance, what does?
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary