Loreto students have China in their hand as Confucius Class launched
SECOND LEVEL students at Loreto officially launched their ‘Confucius Classroom,’ at the school last Friday afternoon with a special visit from the Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Liu Biwei, three years after first bringing Chinese studies to the local school.
In recognition of the success of their Chinese Studies programme, the school has been named the first second level Confucius Classroom in Ireland. The designation acknowledges the work done in promoting the language and culture.
Students marked the occasion by performing some of the Chinese songs and poems they have been learning.
The Confucius Institute promotes Chinese language and culture worldwide and as part of its outreach programme, second level students at Loreto have been getting classes in Mandarin Chinese, calligraphy, Chinese embroidery, cookery, poetry and song.
In September 2007 a group of 20 first year students took part in the first Loreto Bray Chinese Studies class. These girls are now in their third year of Chinese Studies. During this time they have worked hard at their spoken and written Chinese. They have also performed in the UCD Confucius Institute Spring Festival singing Chinese songs.
Two girls from the group – Shauna Casey and Jenny Devlin – travelled with their teacher, Ms. Emer Carey, to Beijing in December of 2009 to take part in celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute. The girls sang a traditional folk song and the programme was broadcast on Chinese national television to an audience of over 100 million people.
Loreto Bray now offers Chinese Studies as an extracurricular activity to first, second and third year students.
Laura Mahon leads the school orchestra during the opening ceremony of the Confuscius School at Loreto Bray.