On January 12 four Year 10 students, accompanied by two teachers, departed for Singapore to take part in the annual exchange programme that takes place between NUS High School and CSIA. The group we met with a warm welcome, from both the school and the weather, and immediately began a fantastic itinerary of cultural and educational activities.
As a school of Maths and Science, located in a country renowned for their advancements in Science, Maths and Technology, there were an array of fantastic trips and visits based on these subjects for the students to enjoy.
The spectacular itinerary, kindly put together by NUS, included a visit to Singapore City Gallery, where the students learnt about the history of Singapore and its impressive transformation since gaining independence in 1965; a tour around the NEWater Visitor Centre, where interesting water-saving technology was shared; a fascinating trip to the Singapore Science Centre, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the students of CSIA and a trip to the fantastic NUS Natural History Museum. The excursions, which are not all named here due to the impressive amount, were a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of subjects which they study passionately at home.
As well as all the visits, a large part of the programme was the exchange process, which allowed each CSIA student to form a 'buddy' from NUS. This process involved attending key lessons of Maths and Science to showcase the style of study at NUS as well as extracurricular activities, including a special Tai Chi lesson, badminton and Gamelan (Indonesian music played through brass instruments). A key highlight for the students was definitely the homestay. Completed over the weekend, the homestay saw the students stay with their buddy and enjoy life from their perspective. The students enjoyed family meals, exploring the city and seeing the sights before all meeting up together to spend the day at Universal Studios on Sentosa Island - a real treat!
Overall, the programme was a huge success and the CSIA exchange team are incredibly grateful to both the staff and students at NUS for their hard work in creating such a fantastic schedule, as well as their kindness and friendship showed during our visit. The visitors from CSIA could not have been made to feel any more welcome and are now looking forward to the staff and buddies completing their exchange in visiting us in the summer term.