On 18 July 2017, a group comprising seven Junior school students aged 7 to 12 years from China descended upon R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam Campus to participate in ‘A Day at R.E.A.L’ programme. This programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to experience learning diversity with students from other countries while exchanging and developing cultural understanding and skills.
Accompanied by their parents and teachers, the visitors were welcomed with open arms by the campus’ Junior National students who acted as ‘student buddies’ throughout the day. Madam Leong, the National Junior Principal, proceeded to take the group on a school tour. The guests were then allocated to their respective classes according to level and mingled with the local students during the break.
The study session saw the Chinese visitors being deeply immersed in art and craft activities. The sharing of know-how and creativity also helped them build camaraderie with the R.E.A.L students. When later introduced to local Malay folk songs and given the opportunity to play a few traditional musical instruments, the guests even danced along to the music in gusto!
The fun however, did not end there. Next on the agenda was a friendly game of badminton and basketball which fostered the spirit of goodwill, sportsmanship and teamwork. It was truly an enjoyable experience for both sets of players who pitted their wits and ability at the respective sports.
Time really flies when one is having fun. Despite the short period spent together, the students were able to derive great learning value and experience from the one-day programme. They took group photos to commemorate the occasion and said goodbye to their newfound friends from afar. Educational visits such as this go a long way in enhancing students’ intercultural knowledge as well as forging mutually-beneficial ties, respect and understanding in today’s highly-globalized world.