Gabbitas has been busy hosting a lively group of 26 Chinese students aged nine to fifteen in our Living English summer school, at Ardingly College.
Students from the Dalian region of China flew over for their first ever taste of boarding at a British independent school, to immerse themselves in various creative English lessons, exciting day trips and sporting activities.
The students arrived at the weekend before starting the course on Monday 29 July. There was an opportunity to meet the course teachers, assistants and students in an icebreaking session, before they embarked on a treasure hunt. The following day, the children undertook a task based on the popular TV show, Dragons' Den, where they made up groups to put a business idea forward to panel members.
Sightseeing opportunities in Oxford and London followed, with other activities such as swimming and cricket — a game many of the students had never played before.
During the weekend, the group learned more about Britain from a historical perspective before starting a newspaper project, which included a mock press conference. On Monday 5 August, the group had a day out at Windsor and Eton before putting the finishing touches to their Dragons' Den assignment.
On the day of the Dragons' Den presentations, the children put in some really excellent work, showing superb English skills, presenting their business ideas to the panel of Gabbitas' Preeti Gill, Jennifer Britton and Catherine Kelsey along with group leader Bin Sun. After completing this major project, the students enjoyed a games night and a trip to Thorpe Park.
As the course came to an end, a further day out was enjoyed in Brighton, the students got involved in an A-Z quiz of Britain, enjoyed a photo scavenger hunt, finished off their newspapers and had a celebration disco.
The students thoroughly enjoyed their first ever experience of Britain; all left with big smiles on their faces, improved English language skills and most importantly, all wanting to return to Britain for future study opportunities.