We stopped by a local pub to wait for the parade to begin. This gave time for the different School Heads to share insightful managerial knowledge and reflect on the tour so far. Different topics were covered, including the different presentation styles of the universities we visited the day before. We concluded that passion and sense of belonging always make an important impression for a school introduction presentation and that school leaders are expected to be proactive and open-minded in search of overseas learning opportunities for their students.
We joined the heated crowd at the city centre as the parade started. With green clothing, we blended into the environment naturally. The layers of viewers at the sides of the pathways made it impossible for us to see the teams passing by clearly without some stretching and jumping. But it was a fantastic party all the same. What impressed me the most was the merging of multi-cultures and the strong sense of love to the Irish heritage. No matter where you're from, you wouldn't feel uncomfortable putting on sharp green merchandise for the event. The love of one's culture and country and the cancellation of individual differences are the spirits that youngsters from Hong Kong need to further develop to give a better future for our hometown. To our surprise, a group of Hong Kong students, from the City University of Hong Kong, who were enjoying their exchange period at Liverpool bumped into our selfies. But exactly why they could get here from Liverpool during term time in England was not fully explained!
For further cultural exposure, we attended a "Hurling" game final at Croke Park at 2:30 pm. This traditional Irish sport is the playing of a baseball-sized ball using foot, hand and a hurley (club). The game went very fast and that inevitably caught the attention of Mr Chu, our PE teacher, who will surely find ways to bring certain aspects of hurling back to school to wow our sporty children!
New visits to schools tomorrow. Still waiting for the sun to come out.
Dr H C Lee