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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)    

参观博物馆感想: 国立故宫博物院让我了解到在不同朝代生产的不同物品。我了解到人们从使用石器的新石器时代,经过了几千年的发展,在元代发明了瓷器。再从没有彩绘的素瓷,发展成了有着精美设计和图案的瓷器。这让我不禁感慨人类从古至今的进步是多么的大。现在有着美丽的彩绘的瓷器,得来并不简单。因此我很庆幸我在这个博物院了解了更多关于瓷器的历史,让我更懂得欣赏瓷器。
Zheng Bei Lin, 2E2 (2019)    

学校生活体验感想: 回到新加坡后,我认为我和蘭雅国中的学生交流的经验让我学到了一些跨文化交际的技能,并且让我的思想更加成熟一些,做什么事情之前更懂得察言观色,并考虑别人的感受。我还对台湾的文化有了良好的认识,也学会怎么欣赏新加坡和其他国家文化的共同点和不同点。我认为我学到的这些沟通技能在新加坡时时刻刻都会用到,因为沟通是一件非常重要的东西。例如,我们交新朋友时,有问题要请教老师时,假期想找工作时等等,并且跨文化交流能力也是很重要的。
Loong Yan Qi, 2E2 (2019)