Tough teacher tells of her trip to China

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TOUGH Primary teacher, Miss Nicaola Kennaway, has returned from China where she learned about the language and culture of this vast country.

She joined 22 other teachers from all over Scotland on the trip, staying at the Tianjin Experimental High School where they took part in lessons on Chinese phonics, writing of Chinese characters, Tai Chi, paper cutting, art, poetry, songs and calligraphy.

“Some of the lessons were challenging but I enjoyed every minute and would love to go back, “ said Miss Kennaway, back at her Donside school last week.

On her return she has been telling her P1-3 pupils all about her trip.

The trip also included a visit to the Great Wall of China, Tian’amen Square, Shi family house ( an ancient traditional house) and the Forbidden City. The teachers also visited an art gallery and saw a traditional tea ceremony.

Asked by one of her Tough pupils if she had to drink a lot of tea, Miss Kennaway said: “ I don’t particularly like tea but the experience and atmosphere meant I could not say no. The cups were so small that it tasted very refreshing and in the end, I drank rather a lot and even brought some back for family and friends.”

Miss Kennaway’s pupils watched video clips of her trip and then tried their hand at paper cutting as well as looking - and trying on - some of the items she brought back with her.

Miss Kennaway said she was grateful to Learning Teaching Scotland for organising the trip in conjunction with China and for Aberdeenshire for selecting her for such a “fantastic opportunity”.