Ties made with Beijing school
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.