Lanya Internationalisation Programme 2019
Being a part of the internationalisation programme at Lanya Junior High School was certainly an eye-opening experience for me. The most memorable event was our visit to an organic vegetable farm on the first day of the trip. Alongside Lanya students, we took part in two mini inter-group ‘competitions’ – the first involved using plant stems to form the longest possible string, while the second required us to hunt for as many hidden coloured eggs as we could. Despite my best efforts, I could not perform well and did not assist my group much in both tasks, and hence felt extremely disheartened initially. However, I was immensely grateful towards my Lanya buddy who went out of her way to encourage me. She showed me the ropes for the first task and this enabled me to contribute to my group with greater ease and confidence. Additionally, she shared with me about how she was equally unsuccessful at the second task, and that there was no need to beat ourselves up over it as long as we had tried our best. This impressed upon me the importance of teamwork: we should be a pillar of support for one another while striving towards a common goal, not just physically but also emotionally. In the future, I hope to become that source of light, comfort and motivation for my team members when the occasion arises, be it at school or otherwise.
Lim Khai Hwee, 2E2 (2019)
Prior to the internationalisation experience, I had assumed that since both my Taiwanese buddy from Lanya Junior High School and I spoke Chinese, we would not be facing much of a language barrier. Little did I know that this was not the case. Although both of us spoke the same language, the words we used to express the same things were rather different. For example, I found out that the Chinese translation for ‘co-curricular activity (CCA)’ was completely different between Singapore and Taiwan schools, which took me a while to clarify with my buddy and ease the confusion. Another interesting difference I noted was how Math lessons were conducted very differently at Lanya as compared to Zhonghua. Along with my buddy, I sat in for a lesson on rotational order of symmetry. Back in Zhonghua, our teachers would first create a specific rotational order of symmetry, before asking us to answer various questions based on the given diagram. On the contrary, the teacher at Lanya challenged us to apply the concept directly by creating our own unique rotational order of symmetry instead. Through making these observations, I reflected on how learning experiences can differ vastly for students across schools in different countries, even though the same language is used or similar concepts are taught. Feeling humbled by this rewarding exchange programme, I have learnt to be more appreciative of cultural differences, as well as being more adaptable to change arising from such differences.
Tan Yu Fei, 2E2 (2019)
Zheng Bei Lin, 2E2 (2019)
Loong Yan Qi, 2E2 (2019)