Loreto stu­dents have China in their hand as Con­fu­cius Class launched

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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