This is the 6th year of our successful partnership with RDFZ Xishan School in Beijing, China. On Sunday, 7 students and 1 faculty are arriving to share a week in our classrooms. They will be living in homestays with generous day families for much of the week, and then coming to experience dorm life starting on Friday and extending through the weekend.
The students from RDFZ all speak English fluently, so it is a great chance for our students to learn more about school, life, and culture in China. The RDFZ students will be eager to connect to learn the same from their American peers. For some, this will be their first trip to America, a place most all aspire to attend college. The group will enjoy some downtime in the afternoons engaged in some local sightseeing to augment their trip to the U.S.
The RDFZ/Tabor partnership has deepened this year as we have added more dimension to the exchange. In the fall, we shared art work between schools with a few students from each school exhibiting at the other. Also, we each exchanged one student for the first trimester. Amber Harris ’20 attended RDFZ in the fall until Thanksgiving, while Ricky Ren came to Tabor for that time. This was a successful endeavor, opening the door to future long-term exchanges.
Amber attended the spring RDFZ trip Tabor has sponsored over spring break twice before she asked to do a longer-term exchange, paving the way for others. She so enjoyed the school and her friends there, and fell in love with China. It is was a big change going from 4 blocks a day to 9, but somehow she managed the academics and the social life with aplomb. What a great opportunity for global learning for our American students to be able to attend school abroad for a couple of months after getting a flavor for it.
The partnership is a great one for us as RDFZ is an AP curriculum, English-speaking school. The students there are Chinese and speak Chinese socially, while their AP classes are in English. These exchanges allow our students a fantastic chance to keep up with their studies while exploring a new place and experiencing a new culture and family life within their homestay. They can practice Chinese, as well as express themselves in a common English language, facilitating friendships as well.
All and all, our partnership with RDFZ has been fantastic and we look forward to the ways we can further our goals for global citizenship together with our friends from RDFZ.
Please join John Quirk, Head of School and hosts Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pokoik '63 GP '23 for a cruising reception aboard the Marina Jack II 2 Marina Plaza Sarasota 2:00pm. - 4:00pm (boarding promptly at 1:45pm)
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