We were greeted at the gate of the school by 2 rows of students who started clapping upon our arrival. We were led to the hall which was half the size of SST's. An opening speech was given by the representatives, followed by performances by the students of the school.
We performed 'Chan Mali Chan' and 'Di Tanjong Katong', however, we shamed our school. Less than a quarter of us sang the song, and worse still, some of us tried to hide behind the curtains. What was more disappointing was the way we reacted when it was our turn to get on the stage - some of us clearly were sulking, and some jumped off the stage, as if it was a game.
After the performance, we played a ice-breaker which was new to us. When it was time for the getting together session, we were presented with many handmade gifts from the students which we exchanged with mostly store-bought items from Singapore. We went for a short school tour afterwards.
With a history of more than 40 years, our school looks up to our partner as the ‘Big Brother’. The school has over 2000 students and 42 classes with around 50 students each. (gcp-hanoi-2011.blogspot.sg/p/group-e-nguyen-du-junior-high/html). Each classroom is about the size of an SST classroom, only the chairs and tables are much closer together. Although the classrooms are not advanced compared to the ones in Singapore, students are proactive in their participation in lessons, as seen from the picture below.
Unlike SST, the school has morning and afternoon sessions. Each period lasts 40 minutes with a 5 minute break in between. The students participate in sports, and they are very cautious of their well-being.