A trip to China over the school holidays for students studying Mandarin at St Kevin’s College was a mindboggling experience for everyone, deputy principal Kerry Ryan says.
On April 15, 11 of the school’s students flew to China, alongside Mr Ryan and his wife Nicky Ryan.
“It was magnificent for the students,” Mr Ryan said.
The students had gained a new appreciation for New Zealand and had realised the importance of learning Mandarin, he said.
During their time in China, the students were able to attend Huazhong University of Science and Technology, visit museums, palaces and even the Great Wall of China, Mr Ryan said.
Visiting the university was a highlight for students due to everything they learned and the sheer number of students – 60,000 – the same as the entire number of students in New Zealand.
“It’s like a little city on its own.
“They really enjoyed their time at the university.”