Hi everyone :)
Today was our first day at the Chinese school and my impressions are mixed.
Firstly, the school is huge! There are 2.400 pupils and that’s only from 7th grade and up and they started the school year with speeches in the schoolyard. Then there are school uniforms, which are different depending on which grade you are in. Our’s for example is blue and white, which is the one the 10th graders wear. I don’t really care about wearing a school uniform, since I’ve tried it before.
The school’s facilities are also very impressive, since they have 2 observatories, a 7D cinema and a flight simulator that is used for educating pilots. So you can become a pilot whilst being a student. Apart from that there is a vast amount of other activities like archery, martial arts and calligraphy.
There are a lot of rules at this school too and there is surveillance everywhere. More than 2 cameras in every classroom and I also had to cut my hair, because it was too long. My hair isn’t considered long in Europe, but here it’s still too long.
We went to the school Thursday the 31st, but that was only to find school uniforms that fit, finish the last paperwork and buy our schoolbooks. Schoolbooks in China are also really cheap. The total price of our 16 schoolbooks was 140 yuan/kr. or 18€. In Denmark that wouldn’t be more than one book. Nevertheless, we got a tour around the school and were introduced some of our future classmates.
The walls of school are all decorated with the best student from the previous year, which is quite different from Denmark.
We also have our own room and we are the only ones who have access to it and we can use it during lunch break.
Apparently we were chosen, because of our grades. They said that we are the best from YFU, so they expect us to be very serious about school and keep up as good as we can, although everything is in Chinese. Apart from that we need to pass at least HSK level 4 according to the school. Although, they would prefer us to pass HSK level 5 and that one of us will pass HSK 6, which would mean that you speak fluent Chinese. That will be an insane amount of work, but worth it in the end.
Today we followed our Chinese class all day, but from the 11th September we’ll have a language course from 7:30-12:05 and then we will follow a normal class afterwards.
I’m looking forward to the language course, because today I didn’t understand a thing the teachers said during the lessons and that was pretty boring…
Sunday I will finally meet my real host family!
Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
School - Xuexiao 学校
Classmate - Tongxue同学
School uniform - Xiaofu 校服
Pilot - Fei xing yuan 飞行员
Hair - Toufa 头发
Take care ;)