This morning, we left the Ibis hotel in Shenyang and got on our bus to The North East Yucai School for the very last time. We were greeted by a number of Chinese students who had been translating and helping us throughout the week. In Class 3, Rose (our Home-Room teacher) led our party and David (our favourite Chinese student) led Class 2.
The classrooms had been set up with sweets and treats and in Class 3, we began with a game like ‘Pass the parcel’ but instead of receiving a gift when the music stopped, we had to perform a talent of our choice! All of us found this quite pressured but Emmie showed us her talent in Karate and Kim and Kaden showed us their party tricks! Then, Zach played Oasis on the guitar whilst the rest of us sang along and Kim then even offered to sing a solo whilst Zach played.
David, our Chinese friend said that he could sing any song- even if he didn’t know it just by listening once!! When suggested, David happily went with ‘Seven Years’ and with confidence and determination he completed a solo with merely the melody on his phone. We clapped along whilst he was singing and applauded him for his courage and bravery at the end.
Next door, Mr Cooper and Class 2 with the SPH Boys were also having a ‘Leaving Party’ in their Home Room. We were also greeted by a giant farewell message on the board with the personalised ‘Happy Birthday, Jacob’ message. Then, some of the Chinese students brought in a cake and we all joined in to sing Happy Birthday’. After cutting the cake and sharing amongst the class, the other English schools sang Chinese songs they had learnt in lessons and performed the Kung Fu routines. Then, Leon and Jacob did ‘the worm’ on behalf of SPH as Jacob wasn’t willing to show off his street-dancing!
The next Chinese act was Kim’s host who danced with Chinese fans that had ribbons attached. Beautiful and elegant, she showed us how Chinese dancing should really be done!! Following this, we were treated to a performance from some professional street/ modern dancers and after this, were swept off for our final school lunch.
Now, it was time for the hard bit... our goodbyes. We hugged, thanked and swapped gifts with staff and students and raced on the coach for our departure back to Beijing.