Our 8s woke up this morning ready to continue immersing themselves into Hakka culture.  Every moment of their days, from the food they share to the activities they do, is an insight into learning about a culture they don’t know much about.  The Hakka culture has begun to disappear in recent years and this is an opportunity for our geckos to connect to the history of a resilient people whose lifestyle is based on sustainability and community.

There’s no better way to get to know a culture than through its culinary customs.  During dinner time, our geckos have had the opportunity to share traditional Hakka dishes which has allowed them to connect with each other in various ways that go beyond verbal interactions.

Photo Credits: Meaghan Wilson


“Yesterday was another great day. The puppet shows were a huge success. Thank you to Mr. Williams  and Mrs. Strzempka (Grade 8 Humanities teachers) for facilitating this curricular connection.” ~ Meaghan Wilson

Media Credits: Meaghan Wilson & Vanessa Coetzee

As students continue to explore, they come across unexpected learning experiences.  How does one pull the strings on a puppet to tell a story?  Our 8s went from learning to performance in one evening, bringing to life an important community building exercise that has been practiced and perfected by Hakka puppeteers for many centuries.

Photo Credits: Meaghan Wilson & Elisa Korhonen

To experience first hand is to truly learn.  Our geckos spent the afternoon picking tea and then participating in tea ceremonies, flexing their global citizenship and collaborative skills.

Photo Credits: Elisa Korhonen & Vanessa Coetzee

Tasting the local delights, our MS STUCO president models the essence of curiosity by trying ‘grass jelly’.

Video Credits: Meaghan Wilson