Chinese students visit town

BRIDGE: A Huantai Experiemental Middle School student takes a photo of some of the school's Indigenous art. Photograph courtesy of Shaun Thomas.
BRIDGE: A Huantai Experiemental Middle School student takes a photo of some of the school's Indigenous art. Photograph courtesy of Shaun Thomas.

Port Lincoln welcomed students from the Chinese province of Shandong for the fifth year of the China-Australia BRIDGE program in the region.

The students are from Huantai Experimental Middle School in Zibo, a city in between Beijing and Shanghai.

The city of Zibo has about 4.5 million people and is about two hours from the Eastern coastline of China.

One of the program coordinators, Anne Gameau said the visiting students enjoyed the local experiences.

“We took them to Winter Hill lookout and they were all amazed at the openness of the area, as well as the agriculture.

“They also saw local wildlife such as koalas, emus and kangaroos, and we also took them out to the wharf to see the kingfish being unloaded.”

Local students also have the opportunity to travel to Zibo, China with the program, sending about five to 10 students each visit.

The seven Chinese students and their three teachers were hosted by Eyre Peninsula families.

They visited Port Lincoln High School and were showed the school’s Aboriginal art, aquaculture and cooking programs.

Teacher Shaun Thomas said the group joined in with a year 11 cooking lesson and were amazed at the fresh seafood and the school’s art department.

“They were very intrigued by the Aboriginal art, and our art department in general.

“They had never seen anything like it, and were shocked to learn how much creative freedom our students get in art.”