Thursday 9th July 2009 by C. Freeman
Members of the Sixth Form enjoyed Chinese food and were presented with commemorative certificates after taking part in Chinese studies as part of the diploma programme. The students had been taught basic grammar, calligraphy and aspects of Chinese culture during their course of study. One of the most popular aspects was the kung-fu basics which they practised outside. Their final meeting took place in the coffee shop when tutor, Haiping Tan, distributed food and certificates before her return to China.
Ashley Davies said: 'It was a crash course in the basics of Chinese and should stand me in good stead for the future as I'd like to be a journalist and so to have a smattering of the language could prove handy, especially as China is a world player. It was a great extra-curricular activity to put on my personal statement for university applications and the kung fu was the best bit because we got to go outside, especially in the nice weather.'
Haiping said: 'We talked a lot about China and Chinese culture. It's quite sad that this is our last meeting as we have been together for about nine months. I will miss them but we will keep in touch by email. Most of the sentences they learned are very useful everyday expressions, so even when I am not here they will hopefully remember something of our time together.'