Perse Mandarin pupils relish Singapore experience
Perse Mandarin students had an exciting cultural experience savouring the sights and sounds of Singapore.
As part of the trip, the group of Year 10 and 11 pupils visited sister school The Perse Singapore, supporting the learning in a range of classes.
They also enjoyed answering Singapore pupils’ questions about life at The Perse Cambridge before heading off to climb the nearby Bukit Timah hill.
The Mandarin group also spent time at Nanyang Girls’ High School, a partner school of The Perse in the Strategic Alliance of Global Educators (SAGE).
Pupils spent time in lessons and made friends with Nanyang student over brunch in the canteen before watching the morning assembly, which featured flag raising and the playing of the national anthem.
Away from the classroom, they had plenty of chance to practise their Mandarin by taking part in Chinese and calligraphy workshops and talking to local students, business owners and tour guides.
The group were able to immerse themselves in Singaporean culture by eating out at the city state’s ‘hawker centres’ (street food stalls), as well as learning to cook some local dishes themselves, as well as visiting the Gardens by the Bay and taking part in a night safari.
Perse Head of Mandarin Hannah Bolton, who led the trip with Deputy Head Simon Armitage (International Schools & Projects), said: “I’m delighted by what we managed to experience in such a short time.
“Students really got a feel for the Singaporean lifestyle and had plenty of opportunities to practise their Mandarin. It has been a really special trip to launch and I couldn’t have asked for a better student group.”