Need to learn some key phrases for a trip to China? Who you gonna call? The students of the Royal High School of course!
This is exactly what Lucy Walker, alumna of Bath High School, did when planning her visit to China this Easter. Lucy had visited the school back in November as part of our Women Mean Business career event, where she delivered an inspiring presentation on her highly successful career as a barrister. From this visit, she knew that we taught Mandarin, and thought who better to tutor her in some useful snippets of the language than one of our students or teachers? So she got in touch to see if we could help and we were more than happy to oblige.
We are blessed with a wonderful international community here at the Royal High School, with students from all over the world forming part of our boarding houses. Year 12 boarder, Adele Yau, who is originally from Hong Kong, offered her services as a tutor to Lucy immediately and a lesson was set up for the following week.
Lucy told Adele all about the fascinating trip she had planned, which involved visiting an exclusive museum opening in Shanghai, some sight-seeing in Beijing and the challenge of walking part of the Great Wall of China. Straight away, Adele offered Lucy some guidance on the sorts of phrases that might be helpful for her to learn, as well as advice on the best dishes to try and some information on local customs.
Adele proved to be a fantastic tutor, teaching Lucy how to say everything from ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’ to ‘I would like a glass of champagne’ and the correct pronunciation of one of Shanghai’s most popular foods, a minced pork dumpling! Lucy picked up the words incredibly speedily and was thrilled with her new found skill. Recording everything safely in her notebook and thanking Adele profusely, Lucy promised to send Adele some photos of her trip and evidence of her using the new words and phrases she had learned.
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Lucy back to school and to see the benefit that the connection between our alumnae and our current students can provide.