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Year 11/12 Chinese and Ancient History students have a Spiritual Day

On Thursday, September 15, students of Year 12 Ancient History and the Year 11/12 Chinese language class travelled to Brisbane to investigate a number of Chinese religions and philosophies for their units of work.
In the morning, they visited the Chung Tian Temple at Priestdale.  Students were given a tour of the Bodhisattva Hall and other areas of the Buddhist complex.  They were shown how to meditate, practise Chinese calligraphy and were involved in an offering ceremony to the Bodhisattva. The newly built Pagoda was wonderful and the ringing of the bronze bell was enjoyable.  The visit to the Chung Tian Temple, set in its beautiful parks and gardens, was amazing.
At lunchtime, we made our way to Chinatown in Fortitude Valley for a delicious Chinese banquet at the Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant. Students commented that the food was delicious and the company wonderful.  After lunch, we travelled to Breakfast Creek to visit the Chinese Temple Society.  The Breakfast Creek Temple, built in 1885, contains elements of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism and is dedicated to Queensland’s early Chinese pioneers.
In the late afternoon, we toured the Evergreen Taoist Temple at Deagon.  This Temple is a splendid structure on a grand scale - with its huge ceremonial doors, statues of Daoist gods, murals, paintings and architecture.
It was a pleasure to take the Year 11/12 Chinese and Ancient History students on their excursion because of their cooperation and good humour.  They looked very well presented in their formal uniforms and are to be commended for their behaviour.  A big thank you must go to Mrs Xie, Mrs Tett and Ms Whitchurch for accompanying us on this important excursion and helping with supervision.  Overall, it was a great day and a valuable experience.
Ms Harman
Ancient History Coordinator