Hawkesdale students headed for China

TWO students from Hawkesdale P-12 College fly out to China tomorrow for a six-week visit.

Year 9 students Sarah Cassidy and Georgina Parsons are part of a group of 38 students and four teachers from across the state making the trip.

Sarah, of Port Fairy, has been studying Chinese language for five years and has previously taken classes in French, Indonesian and Italian.

“I have never been overseas so I am really looking forward to it,” Sarah said.

“It will be great to learn more about Chinese culture and see everyday life in China.” For Georgina, who lives in Penshurst, this year has marked her return to Chinese studies after having last year off.

The previous two years she had been part of the Chinese class and felt the urge to renew her love of the subject in 2014.

“I am really interested in Chinese music so that got me interested again in doing Chinese,” Georgina said. 

“My Chinese language isn’t that great but I am confident I have enough to get by when I go over there.” 

The girls will stay in Nanjing, a city of more than 3.5 million people, attending a school with more than 2000 students.

They will also help out at the Youth Olympics the city is hosting.

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