2017 China Student Exchange

Thursday 19th October - Thursday 2nd November

The 2017 VPA China Student Exchange program was an exciting and educational experience for the students, staff and school leaders. The group, consisting of 26 students, five staff members, VPA Tour Leader and Life Member Aileen Hall, along with VPA Member Advisor Geoff Agnew, embarked on the 2017 China Student Exchange Program from the 19th October - 2nd of November.


The group arrived in Shanghai and spent a few days exploring the wonderful sights, including visiting the Shanghai Aquarium, Old City and Yu Yuan Garden Markets, attending the ERA Chinese Acrobatic show, participating in a tea making ceremony and exploring the Bind. They then made their way to their host school Jinling Primary School in Nanjing where they had a ball in the classroom, learning math, experimenting with bubbles, participating in calligraphy, making Peking opera masks, learning to play the ocarina and participating in a martial arts lesson. The group also spent a weekend with a host family engaging in Chinese Family life.


A spectacular Closing Ceremony was held before the group said farewell to their new friends at Jingling Primary School to head home to Australia. 

After two weeks of travel, the group arrived home safely and no doubt will be reminiscing about the fascinating cultural experiences and friendships they have created in the world’s most populous country. It was a once in a life-time opportunity!


Thank you 

The VPA would like to commend the students for their outstanding efforts and the excellent manner with which they represented their schools and the VPA. We would also like to extend a sincere thanks to the teaching staff Josephine Ryan (Woodford Primary School), Leisa Hockley and Teagan Rattenbury (Alamanda College) and Hannah Giuliani and Deborah Purser (Laurimar Primary School) for their dedication, enthusiasm and outstanding efforts throughout the experience.


The VPA would like to thank Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (JESIE) and Jingling Primary School for making this program possible. We would also like to extend our thanks to our China Tour Leader, Aileen Hall and Member Advisor, Geoff Agnew for chaperoning the group.