Chinese Exchange Program

GLENEAGLES SECONDARY COLLEGE CHINESE EXCHANGE

Gleneagles is excited to announce that we have formed a Sister School relationship with a school in China.  Our Sister School is Yang Xianjiang Senior School is located in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province which is just south of Shanghai.  Yang Xianjiang Senior School is a well-regarded school where students have to meet high academic standards to enrol.

GSC has commenced planning our first exchange to China and we are really excited!  We plan to have the exchange every two years (2018, 2020….).

Our students would then travel to China September in 2018.

The 2018 program could look like (the exactly dates will not be confirmed until the air tickets are fully paid)

  • Fly out of Australia on Friday 14th September (ideally night flight, arrive 15th September in Shanghai)
  • Stay with host family from 15th September to 21st September and attend Yang Xianjiang Senior School for the week with their host students.
  • On 22nd September, the group would move on to Hangzhou (the most famous tourist city in China) where they would stay for two nights.
  • On 24th September, the GSC group will travel to Shanghai (largest city in China) where they would stay for two nights.
  • On 26th September, they would board the bullet train and travel to Beijing where they would stay three nights. ( Approximately 5.5 hours)

Of course in each of these locations, they would explore all the sights as a group.

  • On 29th September they would fly home (night flight), landing on 30th September 2018.

Our current discussions are for Chinese students to travel from China to visit our school in term 1, 2019.  GSC families would host the students for about a week and the students would attend school with their host students.  After spending a week with us, the Chinese group would then go on to travel as a group and explore Melbourne/Sydney.

Once we identify the tour group, we will refine the program by asking the students to research the locations and contribute to the itinerary.  Ms Zhang is very familiar with the proposed locations and will guide the process.

We anticipate the cost of this exciting program would be around $3000 for international return flight, all accommodation, all meals, domestic transport (private coach, bullet train) and all the sightseeing tours. The final price will depend on the number of students going.

Students would also need to obtain a visa for approximately $130, a passport if they don’t have one ($139 if under 16 years old, which lasts five years or $277 for a 10 year passport if over 16) plus travel insurance.  Students would also need spending money for gifts/souvenirs and incidentals.

The group will have the opportunity to work together to raise funds towards these costs.

At this stage, we are just seeking expressions of interest.  Please complete the slip below and return it to our wonderful Chinese (Mandarin) teacher Ms Zhang by 11 August.  If there is sufficient interest to make the trip viable, we will hold an Information Night on Monday 28th August at 6.30p.m.

 

Sue Peddlesden                                                                                                Ms Yingji Zhang

College Principal                                                                                               Chinese Exchange Coordinator

 

 

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________________________________________ of _____________ is interested in exploring the opportunity to

                          Student Name                                              Home Group

 

travel to China on the GSC Exchange in 2018.

 

Absolutely want to go                    Very interested                Need more information before deciding

 

My family could host a student from China when they visit GSC in 2019                    Yes                         No

 

RETURN SLIP TO MS ZHANG BY FRIDAY 11 AUGUST, 2017

Jamie’s Story – Year 7 Transitions Camp

The 2011 Year 7 Transitions Camp to Golden Valley Lodge in Flinders, Victoria is, and will continue to be, one of my favourite memories of Gleneagles. I went to the camp barely knowing anyone but by the time we got home I knew a lot of people, many of whom had become my friends. All the activities were fun to do and be a part of. I conquered my fear of heights and free-falling on the giant swing and the Flying Fox, a zip line which runs down the side of a mountain. I had so much fun at the camp I asked the teachers if I could stay longer because I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately, it was time to go. I now have a group of friends who I love and trust and know they will be my life-long friends. The beginning of my Gleneagles journey started with a good memory.

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