Accompanied by Chinese Teacher Yinong Yang, four underclassmen will travel to China from June 12 to 26 to visit the students from Beijing’s Rén Dà Fú Zhōng (RDFZ) school who journeyed to the Upper School (US) last January.
In the first week of the trip, the group will lodge on the RDFZ campus and shadow their Chinese host students throughout two school days, attending standard classes along with arts courses like paper cutting, clay molding, and seal making.
When not attending school, the students will visit the Forbidden Palace, the Great Wall of China, and popular shopping centers before moving into the homes of their host families at the end of the first week.
In the second week, the students will spend time in other areas of the country, exploring the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and riding bikes along the ancient walls of the city. They will head to the Master of Nets garden in Suzhou before finishing out the trip in Shanghai, where they will visit the Happiness Garden, take a night cruise down the Huangpu River, and admire the city from the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower.
Claire Zhang ’20 said she is excited for the opportunity to become fully immersed in the culture.
“I hope to improve my Chinese on this trip and maybe even learn some Chinese slang,” she said.
In a few days, 13 upperclassmen from the Girls’ Varsity Crew (GVC) team will travel to the Henley Women’s Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, to compete there for the first time since 2010.
The squad of 11 rowers and two coxswains will land in England on June 12 and take a shuttle to their temporary residence 10 minutes from the center of Henley-on-Thames.
In preparation for their races the following weekend, the team will practice on the Thames River each morning and afternoon, leaving the evenings for the group to eat out and explore the town. Over the weekend, the team will race an eight and a double—a departure from their usual combinations, since in season they row fours—keeping an extra rower and coxswain on hand for backup.
GVC Head Coach John Cotter said he is eager to see how the Knights will perform in the regatta.
“Henley is the basis for competitive rowing,” he said. “It’s a shot in the dark as to how we’ll do, but so far we’ve done a good job this season.”
GVC’s third boat won a bronze medal at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association championships over Memorial Day weekend. The first and fourth boats finished fifth, and the second boat narrowly missed advancing to the finals.
After the conclusion of the races on June 18, the team will attend a reception for competitors and families at the In & Out Naval Military Club before traveling to London for their last night in the country.
“I’m very excited to attend one of the most prestigious regattas in the world with some of my closest friends,” Eve Grimshaw ’18 said. “It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”