Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chinese Exchange Students Visit AHS

A group of 30 Chinese students and five teachers visited AHS this week, staying with host students and visiting classes. Coming from the prestigious High School Affiliated with Beijing Normal University, the group arrived Monday morning at AHS. They spent the day observing classes with their host students, attending a welcome lunch hosted by Superintendent Kathleen Bodie, and participating in a Model Congress after school run by Social Studies Director Kerry Dunne. Tuesday and Wednesday, the students visited more classes, enjoyed eating lunch in an American cafeteria, and showed off their singing, calligraphy, and martial arts skills at a special Mandarin Club meeting run by faculty advisor and Mandarin teacher, Xiaqing Rotstein. Finally, on Thursday, a field trip into Boston was arranged for  the Chinese students and their American host students for a guided tour of the Freedom Trail, followed by lunch and free time for shopping at Faneuil Hall. The group then said good-bye and is off to visit other schools in Washington D.C. and New York.

Discussions are underway to expand this relationship to a two-way exchange in the 2013-2014 school year. Stay tuned for details!

The Arlington Advocate also stopped by to interview students. Read their article here: Arlington Hosts Beijing Students from Soon-to-be Sister School.

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie welcomes the students and teachers.
Stuart Johnson, who organized the trip, and a Chinese teacher present gifts to Dr. Bodie.
Chinese students enjoy their first lunch at AHS.
A student demonstrates his calligraphy skills at a Mandarin Club meeting.

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