Ties made with Bei­jing school

Bray People - - Chinese Ambassador Visits St Cronan’s -

THE Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Ire­land, Mr. Lui Bi­wei, paid a visit to St. Cro­nan’s last Fri­day, where he met many of the stu­dents and helped to forge a link be­tween the Bray School and Guang Ming na­tional school in Bei­jing.

Mr. Bi­wei vis­ited both Third Class and First Class in the morn­ing, meet­ing some of the Chi­nese pupils in the school. They had done some art work re­lat­ing to the Par­a­lympic games and sym­bols of China.

The se­nior classes then as­sem­bled in the hall, where Mr. Bi­wei was wel­comed of­fi­cially by Thomas Raferty.

‘He was an ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tor, with ex­cel­lent English,’ said Prin­ci­pal Vaughan Dodd. ‘He spoke at length to the boys, par­tic­u­larly re­fer­ring to the ¤1,700 they had raised fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in China.’

The pupils had wanted the money to go di­rectly to the fam­i­lies of chil­dren killed when their school col­lapsed and the Am­bas­sador had un­der­taken to en­sure this was done.

The Am­bas­sador also con­firmed that the link be­tween St. Cro­nan’s and Guang Ming, which has 2,300 pupils in 50 classes with 160 teach­ing and ad­min staff, had been of­fi­cially sanc­tioned.

Pupils will email one an­other, with video con­fer­enc­ing also to be ar­ranged. There will also be ex­changes ar­ranged be­tween Ire­land and China of stu­dents and their teach­ers.

The school choir per­formed for the Am­bas­sador and his party last Fri­day, as did an Ir­ish dancer, some tin-whis­tle play­ers and the vis­i­tors even took part in a Waltz of Lim­er­ick!

The per­for­mances were fol­lowed by a ‘Chi­nese Tea Party’ un­til about mid­day, when Mr. Bi­wei took his leave.

Joey Ho­ing, Bing Yu and Finn O’Lough­lin hav­ing fun on the spe­cial day.

Sam Bar­ron, James Mo­ran and Marc Shee­han en­joy­ing the day.

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