The world today has become a global village. Technology in modern society is, more than ever, playing an important role in shaping our lives and the lives of our children. Thanks to these advances in technology, people are able to move between continents to work, travel or study, experiencing many different countries and cultures.
Education today is not solely about memorising facts and figures; but about developing the knowledge and skills our children will need to succeed in the 21st century. House of Knowledge is committed to developing our students, both academically and holistically, to prepare them for the constant changes seen in the world today. These are our core values, at the heart of all that we do.
Global mindset is one of our core values. We aim to create an environment where children from different countries and cultures can learn from, and about, each other, thus expanding their minds about the world around them. Living in Beijing, Chinese culture is an important part of our students’ daily lives. At House of Knowledge, we were excited to share a wonderful selection of traditional cultural activities and events during the Spring Festival period.
We held a Chinese temple fair and a Chinese performance that offered great insight into the spirit of Chinese culture to both our students and their parents. Other activities included writing the “Spring Festival couplets”, “Fu”, dumpling making, lantern riddles, lion dancing, to name but a few. All students were tasked with learning traditional Chinese songs, dances and poetry for Chinese New Year and performed these for their parents.
House of Knowledge also had the pleasure of welcoming famous Chinese experts to our School to share the beauty of Chinese culture. One of China’s most famous artists, and curator of the Beijing Baishi Gallery, Mr. Wang Haihua, kindly attended to give a traditional Chinese painting class to our Elementary students. Mr. Wang introduced the students to the history of the traditional Chinese painting, the themes, the special paint brushes used, the specialist materials required and the style seen in most traditional paintings. The students were very excited and grateful to be a part of such a special experience and learned many things from Mr. Wang’s workshop. In addition, the students also got to watch Mr. Wang paint a stunning traditional Chinese painting of fishes and bamboo, a theme which represents good wishes. It was a truly enriching experience for all our students who have come away with a greater understanding of the spirit of Chinese culture.
House of Knowledge continues to deliver an education provision and schooling experience that encapsulates Global Mindset, and all of our core values, to ensure our students are fully equipped for success in the future.