Bluestar Summer Camp 2017

    A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    8 August 2017 11:58:15 AM
    Yesterday we hit the Han Style cultivating and reading gardens where we did macrame, plant art  and some calligraphy.  We moved through many displays and even had a look at the little zoo they had.

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing
    Ben is now officially sick of me taking photos of him!
    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

    Image:A visit to the Cultivating Gardens with some caligraphy and macrame , then a beijing duck lunch and some snow skiing

     Unfortunately we couldn't take cameras into the ski slope but we had a great time and everyone had a good time

      Closing Ceremony practice

      6 August 2017 11:15:14 PM
      The last two days have been all about the Closing Ceremony. We've got a pretty good idea of what we are doing and have had the final approvals this afternoon.

      There is Chinese girls singing
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      Then Alice in wonderland pops in
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      A bit of mandolin
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      The Nut Bush!
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      Cotton Eyed Joe
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      and much more. Below is Ben at Tai Chi later on in the evening
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      The girls at K pop
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        Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        6 August 2017 10:52:00 AM
        On Friday we hit the Beijing Olympic Centre to take a look at the birds nest and the water cube stadiums. Beijing put on a beautiful blue sky day for us and man it was HOT!

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Team Q

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        We then headed over to the National Science and Technology Museum after stopping into another beautiful restaurant for lunch.

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show

        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show
        We then got to see an awesome acrobatics show complete with performances on the high wire, an all girl diablo troupe, lots of high flying tumblers featuring a four stack balancing act with people juggling. Sadly no cameras were allowed.
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        This is what it looks like when you take 120+ people out for dinner
        Image:Olympic centre, Science and technology museum and an acrobatic show


          Nations Day

          4 August 2017 02:01:26 AM
          Nations Day started with an Alien invasion of the Blue Planet in the opening part of the day which featured Lilly

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          We sang Waltzing Matilda in hope of our survival

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          After the Aliens left us alone we ran an All Australian Stall draped in Flags complete with Tim Tams, Anzac biscuits, BBQ Shapes and vegemite sandwiches.
          There were prizes for everyone who hand passed the ball or pinned the tail on the Kangaroo. Capri was interviewed by a big Beijing newspaper.

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          Then finally some Kaos with a celebration dance in the hall
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          Ben dancing with the French Ladies

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            Summer Palace and the Film Museum

            2 August 2017 12:00:53 AM
            We took 4 boat rides to get to the Summer palace today and it was hot, hot, hot but well worth the climb

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            Class 2

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            Qenos kids + 1
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            Lunch

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            Film Museum

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            Nations Day practice and set up tomorrow - Waltzing Matilda

              Family weekend

              30 July 2017 09:32:01 PM
              This morning was the beginning of the family weekend which is the weekend that the kids are welcomed into the homes of some of the kids that live in Beijing. I shared a bus into Beijing with these guys

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              The families sent us some shots of what the kids were up to
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              Grace shared her family weekend with 8 year old Beili from the UK who the girls have taken under there wing
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              The family weekend gave me some time off so the other Foreign Team Leaders and I had a look around Beijing

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                Bluestar visitors

                30 July 2017 09:07:03 PM
                We had some visitors today and it was great to hear a familiar accent. The Blue Star Board met in Beijing today and decided to drop in for a visit, the board includes both Australians Jonathan Clancy and our CEO Stephen Bell.


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                Image:Bluestar visitors and Family weekend

                  Ratings, awards and practice

                  28 July 2017 03:17:48 PM
                  Today we stayed at camp and spent the day practicing a performance for some of the Blue Star Board. The kids were given ratings for participation in the camp and Ben and Capri were given awards. We also began perfecting the Blue Star song and we made some plans for nations day.
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                    The Forbidden City, The national Museum and Chinese Theatre

                    27 July 2017 12:01:18 AM
                    Wow what a day we've had! We left our hotel an 7.30 this morning and returned at  9.30 this evening. When I'm writing the blog I can usually here kids running up and down the hallways and lots of talking, right now there is not a whisper of noise anywhere.
                    We started the day with  bus ride to the Forbidden City, pictured below is Tiananmen Square. We got a bit of light  Rain early today but it kept us cool and cleared up just before lunch.
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                    Entering the Forbidden city
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                    The Emperors' palace
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                    Lunch time
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                    The National Museum
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                    Image:The Forbidden City, The national Museum and Chinese Theatre

                    Image:The Forbidden City, The national Museum and Chinese Theatre

                    Chinese Theatre -The History of Kung Fu
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                    Image:The Forbidden City, The national Museum and Chinese Theatre

                    Image:The Forbidden City, The national Museum and Chinese Theatre

                    We ended the day with a dumpling dinner and a pretty quiet bus ride home

                      BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices

                      26 July 2017 12:05:49 AM
                      Beijing greeted us today with a beautiful blue sky for our exercises today
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                      The kids began to learn the Blue star song parts of which are in Chinese so they needed a bit of help

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                      Image:BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices

                      Image:BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices

                      Then came time ask a friend to come over for the weekend
                       
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                      Our Home Stay buddies are organised and everyone seemed pretty happy
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                      Image:BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices

                      Image:BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices

                      Image:BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices

                      Image:BlueStar Song and Friendly Family choices