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Visit by the Beijing 171 High School (2014)

 On the 21st  & 22nd of January 2014, Crescent Girls’ School (CGS) hosted a group of students and their teachers from Beijing 171 High School. An annual exchange programme since four years ago, the entourage was taken on a school tour around CGS and also given a taste of the local Singaporean culture prepared by the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Department. They were shown the special rooms and facilities in CGS such as the Monet and Faraday Labs which catered to CGS’ distinctive curriculum as a Future School and were also introduced to the different programmes offered by CGS to enhance teaching and learning. 

On the first day of their visit, the students from Beijing were introduced to the well-known Malay and Indian delicacies such as kuih lapis, kuih talam jagung and murukku, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On the second day, they had the opportunity to experience an art class where they were taught how to draw manga characters and to experience a specially prepared cultural programme by the MTL Department such as the Indian cultural dance and henna-painting as well as a myriad of Malay traditional activities such as traditional games, trying on Malay traditional clothing and traditional Malay chorale singing (dikir barat). Their enthusiasm and willingness to try was heartening indeed.

It was an enriching cultural exchange programme as we also learnt nuggets of information from our visitors. It was interesting to note that while most of us Crescentians would eventually attempt 7 to 9 subjects for our GCE ‘O’ Levels, our counterparts from Beijing had to take on ten compulsory subjects from the ages of 12 or 13 years old.  

 We also shared common interests for example common traditional games such as five stones and chapteh which indeed originated from China. As a token of our appreciation, they were each given a fan with the words “Terima Kasih”, meaning thank you in Malay, for their visit to CGS and the wonderful memories that we shared with them over the two-day visit. A treasured moment was when we sang our school song for them and they in turn sang their school song for us. We hope to keep in touch with our new-found friends via email and look forward to future exchanges with Beijing 171 High School.

Reported by : Nurin Huda Bte Hanif (3C1) and friends

Photos courtesy of Mr Zhu Hai Bin (CL Teacher)


Arrival of our visitors from Beijing 171 High School


Presentation by Principal, Mrs Tan Chen Kee, in Mandarin


A tour of our Monet and Faraday Labs.


Our visitors trying traditional Malay and Indian delicacies as well as interacting with Crescentians.


Fun & Games galore!


Our visitors trying the traditional Indian Dance and Henna-painting


Fun with Manga@Art Class


Malay traditional clothes galore! Playing traditional Malay games such as five stones, chapteh & congkak .


Our Crescentians performed the dikir barat, a form of traditional Malay art with chorale Our visitors learning basic dikir barat ragam (actions) and song.


Our visitors from Beijing 171 High School