Hong Kong students drop into Jewish care homes and community centres

24 Jul 2017

A group of students from China who are currently visiting Middlesex University London from City University of Hong Kong dropped into  Jewish care homes and a community centre across the Borough of Barnet, leading activities such as painting and singing. 

The 45 students are in London for a month to learn the English language and British culture. They have English lessons in the morning before afternoon activities including learning to play cricket, a London walking tour and visit to the Houses of Parliament.  

Helen Midhage, Middlesex University London’s coordinator of the visits said: “The event is a great success every year. The residents received the students enthusiastically and our students enjoy visiting these centres. They can go home stating that they have experienced assisting and entertaining in community centres, care homes and primary schools.”

The Jewish care homes which they visited on 22 June were Clore Manor, Sidney Corob House, Betty and Asher Loftus Centre, Rubens House and Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre. 

The students prepared Chinese and English Golden Oldies songs to sing, interacted with residents and members with a variety of different activities such as painting Chinese calligraphy as well as serving tea and cakes.  

The students also spent an afternoon with a local Primary School entertaining the school children with Chinese games, arts and crafts.

A second group of around 40 Chinese students will also be visiting these care homes on 27 July.