Confucius Classroom at the King’s School, Sydney, held inauguration ceremony

[Source]    the Confucius Classroom at the King’s School [Time]    2015-04-22 17:04:51 
 

Guests attending this inauguration ceremony (from Left to Right): Mr. Wang Xiaojia, Educational Counselor of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney; Ms. Tang Ying, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney; Mr. Tim Hawkes, Headmaster of the King’s School; Dr. Rob Mackay, Chairman of the Council of the King’s School; Mr. Duncan Ivison, Chairman of the Board of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney; Ms. Sandra Meiras, Director of the Office of Global Engagement of the University of Sydney; Ms. Jin Xing, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney; and Mr. Yan Feng, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney

On March 17th, 2015, the Confucius Classroom at the King’s School, co-established by the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney and the King’s School, the prestigious independent boys’ school in Sydney, held its inauguration ceremony. The King's School has become the first boys' school in Australia to establish a Confucius Classroom. A total of over 200 people attended this ceremony, including guests from the political, educational, and journalist sectors and students of the King’s School and their parents. At the ceremony, Mr. Tim Hawkes, Headmaster of the King’s School; Mr. Duncan Ivison, Chair of the Board of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney; Ms. Tang Ying, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney; Ms. Jin Xing, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney, jointly unveiled the name plaque of the Confucius Classroom.


Students of the King’s School performing the lion dance to celebrate the establishment of the Confucius Classroom

Founded in 1831, the King's School is Australia's oldest independent school and the only one member of G20 Schools from Sydney. Its alumni include crown princes, prime ministers, state governors, famous entrepreneurs and sport stars. The King’s School has always attached great importance to Chinese language teaching in recent years. At present, the number of students learning Chinese has reached over 500.

At the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Tim Hawkes said, “Along with China’s increasing status in the world economic system, knowing Chinese is a big advantage. The Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney is highly experienced in Chinese language teaching and popularizing Chinese culture. So, partnering with the Confucius Institute will greatly improve Chinese language teaching at the King’s School.”

Prof. Duncan Ivison said, “The Confucius Classroom at the King’s School is the collaborative project between Australia’s oldest university and oldest independent school. The University of Sydney is the first university in Australia to offer Chinese language programs and also the first university in South Wales to establish a Confucius Institute. Since its establishment, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney has offered quality Chinese language teaching and held various colorful cultural events. Along the way, we have accumulated a considerable amount of experience which we would very much like to share with more people.”

Deputy Consul-General Ms. Tang Ying congratulated the Confucius Classroom on its establishment. She said that this Confucius Classroom will enable young people in both China and Australia to learn more about each other’s culture and social values.

After the speeches, teachers from the Confucius Institute and students of the King’s School performed some splendid programs, such as the lion dance, the martial arts show, and Chinese song singing.

It is learned that the Confucius Classroom at the King’s School will hold culture-experiencing events regularly, such as workshops on Chinese painting, calligraphy and martial arts. Every year, it will organize short-term tours to Beijing and Shanghai for students to travel and study there. Students of the Confucius Classroom are eligible to apply for scholarships to support their short-term Chinese learning at Fudan University, China.

 
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