WI Annual Meeting was held in the Village Hall on Wednesday,
10th November 2010
The officers' reports were read and accepted and the acting
Chairman, Judith Walker, thanked Ros Webb, the retiring Chairman,
who had had to stand down early due to other commitments, for
all her hard work during the year. She also thanked the committee
for their support when she had to take over.
was elected to continue in the chair for the coming year and
the previous committee was re-elected en bloc.
one of our members, Siat Vincent, gave a most interesting talk
about her work as a Chinese language teacher. Because she also
teaches music at her primary school, Siat has introduced Chinese
songs to the choir and the whole school sings Jingle Bells in
Chinese at Christmas time!
was invited by the Chinese Government to study for three weeks
in Beijing under the Hanban Scheme, which promotes the teaching
of Chinese throughout the world. There she met teachers from
Canada, Australia, Russia and Korea.
that schoolchildren in China are under great pressure to do
well. The children are well behaved in class, responding to
the high expectation of their teachers and their parents, and
the atmosphere in the classroom is gentle and calm. Most of
them are the 'only child', due to the 'one child per family'
policy of the Chinese Government and therefore team games and
extra curricular activities are encouraged.
are taught English from the age of 7 and are not allowed to
attend university without knowledge of that language
thanking Siat, Judith announced that the WI Christmas will be
held on Wednesday, 8th December, in the Village Hall.