If you’re a foreigner, that is.
Going to a Chinese public elementary school.
Since we moved, we were trying to figure out which school would allow foreign children to enroll, and some friends of ours were in the same boat.
The school welcomed us with open arms, and even insisted that the 5 kids (2 are ours) be a part of the first day opening ceremony today and introduce themselves on the stage.
Some 4th grade girls.
Snow White and the ummm…five dwarfs? Plus as my son pointed out, her hair is the wrong color.
The school is named after Chairman Mao’s son, a war hero.
The whole school stood in formation for over an hour while the festivities took place.
The principal saying a few words. All the teachers were dressed in matching white suits and gold shoes, looking rather like flight attendants. The parents of incoming first graders were invited into the schoolyard as well, while other parents could watch from outside the fence.
We are very thankful for this opportunity for our children to really integrate into the Chinese culture in a unique way.
I am sure glad I can understand more when they talk to me, and know which questions to ask than I did 4 years ago….