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Thursday 25th July - Day 10 - Martial Arts, Music and Museums!

Thursday 25th July - Day 10 - Martial Arts, Music and Museums!

Photo 181.jpegThursday’s school day began with our usual Mandarin lesson.  All week, Miss Cox has been selecting the ‘Star of the Day’ for the effort shown by students in Mandarin lessons.  Yesterday’s winner was Emmie and today’s winner was Sophie as both showed positive efforts throughout each lesson and took part in class discussion.  Tomorrow, we will decide who has been the ‘Star of the Week’ and all will receive a small prize for their efforts.  After Mandarin, we had our usual break with cakes and ice- creams before we began our second lesson. 
For Class 2, this was Martial Arts.   Mr Cooper headed off to Kung Fu lessons with the five SPH tashhh.PNGboys. The warm up involved going over the 15 steps we had learned in the previous lesson (and struggled with) earlier in the week including the infamous ‘magic move’ which was no less baffling than we had remembered.
After this, Roger showed us another 15 moves creating a full 30 move routine that we were to memorise and perform.  Fortunately, Roger was always on hand to step in and prompt us as we grappled with the moves. tashhh.PNGbg.PNGDespite some of the difficulty, all of us threw ourselves into the activity and had a great time. Afterwards there was time to play Badminton and basketball using the school’s incredible sports facilities. The boys quickly became competitive in badminton doubles, constantly arguing over which serve was ‘in’ and who is the best person to be paired with.  Leon showed great consistency; Samee moaned, ‘he had never played the game before’ and Sam just blamed everything on his unlucky partner!  Meanwhile, Jacob decided he was the best and quickly challenged Mr Cooper to a game which he lost 10-0 in just a couple of minutes...
For Class 3, the first lesson was traditional Chinese square dancing called ‘Yangko’.  The lesson began with aPhoto 191.jpeg demonstration of how to use Chinese percussion instruments and follow different rhythms.  The most difficult challenge was working out how to stop the vibrations of the symbols so that the sound did not continue and there was a beat that was silenced.  Students could not work out how to do this so Miss Cox suggested holding each symbol on their lap to stop the vibrations and the Chinese teacher agreed.  Another challenge was keeping the beat of the gong and, finally, putting altogether to create a rhythmic pattern which coincided.  Eventually, everyone was able to do this and all formed their own mini band. 
tashl.PNGAfter music, we learnt the steps for Yangko dancing which began with learning how to twizzle the sequinned hand glove like a cheerleader.  Then, learning the 4 stepped approach to moving your feet and, finally, adding arm movements.  Most people seemed to manage one or two of the movements but putting all three together was definitely a challenge! Nonetheless, Ella seemed to pick this up very quickly and was able to do all three together with style and, by the end, all groups had a go at the combined dance to music with two groups in particular completing all in unison!  Maybe instead of Class 3, we should be called ‘S Club 15’ as this trip, we’ve demonstrated talents in all areas of pop music!
In the afternoon, we had a break from school and visited the Science and technology Museum which is settashll.PNG close to the river in the Science district. This fascinating and highly interactive museum was split into several zones. We started in the Space Zone where Kim, Zach and others got strapped into a seat which allowed them to bounce around experiencing the effect of low gravity on the moon. Zach was so desperate to reach Neil Armstrong’s footprints that he literally threw himself back to the baseline!  Fortunately, gravity brought him back down to earth and he felt mission had been accomplished!
In the Transport Zone, one of the highlights- without doubt- was the gyroscopic bicycle that, for anyone brave enough, meant you could have a go at cycling in a full vertical circle!  This meant going upside down! Leon was straight into the queue and first on and, after building up enough speed he completed his loop-the Photo 195.jpeg–loop.  When slowing down, he got of the bike looking exhausted and red faced but this didn’t put of Sam who was up next. However, after a few back and forward warm ups, Sam decided he wasn’t strapped in securely and sensibly aborted the mission.
We then moved onto the Human Body Zone which explored how the human body works. The students were able to test their reaction times; see how fast they could sprint and play football games amongst other things.  Two hours later, after the obligatory visit to the gift shop, we Photo 196.jpegheaded back onto the buses and back to the school for a guided tour of their facilities which including a huge horticultural greenhouse and swimming pool!
With the rapidly diminishing time left on the trip, we asked the students what they would like to do...The unanimous response was, of course, Karaoke! So, we headed back to the Karaoke bar and with three microphones being passed around, a table full of drinks and snacks and Dominic Photo 197.jpegand Sophie lining up the songs, we sang the night away.  Josh and Ella were a presence on the stage whilst Kim and Kaden held the dance floor.  But, of course, there was still some room for Leon and Jacob to show off the worm, literally clearing the dance floor!
All thoroughly enjoyed the night and went to bed at a reasonable hour to rest for their final full day in China! :(