I have been fascinated reading about the Tomb Sweeping Festival and its history and meaning. Essentially about re-uniting and travelling to your ancestors’ gravesites to pay your respects. This kind of tradition shows the importance placed on family, so evident when living in China. These values are ones we can only admire, and respect and it is great to be part of a culture where such importance is placed on family and having respect for it. I do hope you have a good weekend wherever you are and whoever you are remembering and respecting.
The weekend before last I attended a prize giving ceremony at the Shanghai Singapore International School, where the children had written stories all about ‘Me and China’. This respect for the homeland is what we wholeheartedly encourage and want the children to remember and be proud of. Wherever they end up in the world to study, holiday or work, they will always be Chinese and should be so proud of it. This writing competition showed that. NACIS Shanghai had so many different winners, so much creativity. We must applaud them but also the teachers and people who inspire and foster their ambition. A special thank you to four teachers who also attended; Vivian Liao from Primary and three teachers from Secondary, Vivian Wang, Olivia Li and Rebecca Yu. Next year the topic is ‘Home’. I can’t wait to see what our children are going to write.