China Trip 2017

Kirkwood Intermediate School pupils head to China              

Kirkwood Intermediate School have selected five pupils to attend a trip to China this term.

Thank you to Education New Zealand for your support in contributing towards our trip to China this year.  We also want to thank our China Sister School, China Chengdu Bilingual Experimental School, for helping to organise the programme, homestays and schooling the pupils will participate in once they are in Chengdu, China.

Our pupils are really looking forward to the opportunity to experience new sights, sounds, foods and learn about the culture and people of China.  Student exchanges such as this are a great way to help our pupils to develop a global perspective and gain a sense of New Zealand’s place in the world.  This trip will expose the pupils to different worldviews, and ways of thinking and looking at things, helping us become more outward looking and accepting of other cultures.

It is a real privilege to have received funding from Education New Zealand as only ten schools across New Zealand have received this assistance, with Kirkwood Intermediate being the only school in the South Island.



We attend Kirkwood Intermediate School and have been selected, along with three other students, to attend a cultural trip to Chengdu in China. We have been very fortunate that this trip has been made possible with the generous funding from Education New Zealand to go towards our travel expenses. 

Our excitement starts this Friday 20 October where we fly to Chengdu and meet up with our home stay families with a welcome dinner. We get to spend the next 7 days at our home stays, attending the local school and learning the local arts including brush writing, stitch work and making the traditional Dumplings. The big highlight is getting to visit a Panda Park!  As a group, we will be performing items from our Kapahaka group to 2000 students! 

Once we leave Chengdu we get to fly to Shanghai for 4 days to experience the hustle and bustle of a city with a population of over 24 million people. One of our highlights will be getting to go up the Shanghai tower, which is the second tallest building in the world.

This trip is really going to open up the world for us and we look forward to sharing lots of photos and amazing memories of China with everyone at Kirkwood Intermediate School

Kendall  & Grace 

Note:  Photo (from left to right) – Emma, Grace, Kendall, Ashton and Dante


China Trip Day 1

ChinaTrip – Day 1

At 8pm on Friday we flew to Auckland. Once we arrived we waited for two and a half hours. At midnight we left Auckland for our eleven-hour flight to Hong Kong.

The plane ride was awesome and took a very long time, however, it was worth it. We then flew to Chengdu. We were welcomed by our homestay families who then drove us to the school which we will be attending on Monday. When we arrived at the school we had a meeting with the staff and homestay families. After the meeting, we went with our homestay families and had dinner.



China Trip – Day 2

All of the homestay families gathered together and went out for the day.  Our pupils visited local attractions.  They really enjoyed their day and tried a lot of different food.  They are amazing families to be with which makes our pupils very happy.  They are looking forward to attending school the next day.

China Trip – Day 3

Our pupils started their school experience today from 7:30am – 5:30pm. Our sister school has a weekly flag raising ceremony on Monday morning. We all attended the ceremony and we received a very warm and welcoming speech from Principal Li. Our pupils responded with Māori songs. They had a busy day following the classroom routine, and were offered specially cooked lunch, ending their school day with learning brush writing/painting.

Please note:  Refer to our Kirkwood Intermediate School Facebook Page and view our 2017 China Trip Album and you will see some amazing photos!


Wechat – link from Sister School in China as follows:


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