Inauguration ceremony of Confucius Classroom at Charles La Trobe P-12 College affiliated with Confucius Institute at La Trobe University held, Australia

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University [Time]    2015-06-05 16:32:32 

Recently, the Confucius Classroom at Charles La Trobe P-12 College affiliated with the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University was officially established in Australia. Attendees of the inauguration ceremony included distinguished guests Song Yumin, Chinese Consul General in Melbourne, Australian Senator Scott Ryan and Jane Long, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University as well as over 600 students and teachers from La Trobe University and Charles La Trobe P-12 College.

The inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Classroom at Charles La Trobe P-12 College

At the ceremony, the principal of Charles La Trobe P-12 College Jason Bek expressed gratitude to Hanban and the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University for their hard work and congratulations on the establishment of the Confucius Classroom. Consul General Song Yumin remarked, “In recent years, the Chinese language has already become an integral part of Victoria, and Victoria has made great achievements in Chinese language teaching, to which La Trobe University and its Confucius Institute have contributed a lot.” Senator Scott Ryan pointed out that since China is now one of Australia’s most important trade partners, the Australian government encourages primary and middle school students in Australia to learn Chinese language and culture. He added that the Confucius Classroom would undoubtedly offer more precious opportunities for the children to get access to and learn Chinese language and culture.       

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Jane Long noted that the Confucius Classroom is the result of the joint efforts of Charles La Trobe P-12 College, the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University and its Chinese partner university. She said that a qualified graduate student from La Trobe University should be one with a global perspective. To build a strong, ever-lasting, reciprocal partnership with other country is an essential way to train global citizens, and the Confucius Classroom is a perfect example of the possible positive outcome of this kind of partnership, she added. 

After the inauguration ceremony, Chinese culture experience activities hosted by the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University and Charles La Trobe P-12 College kicked off. The activities were divided into six sections according to the students’ grades, including Chinese children’s songs, Chinese handicrafts, Chinese Kung Fu, Chinese language learning, Chinese children’s games and Chinese board games.

Chinese children’s songs were so melodic and catchy that even the children with no knowledge of Chinese could learn to sing them quite excellently. During the paper-cutting performance, pieces of common paper were amazingly transformed into flowers and butterflies in teachers’ hands. Chinese calligraphy, an art form strange yet familiar to foreigners, intrigued the students with its unique oriental charm. All the students, each with a brush in hand, followed the teachers’ instructions and practiced repeatedly. The Kung Fu teaching and game zones were packed with students, thus always the most crowded and lively. The students excitedly imitated the classic moves of Taiji shadowboxing, as if they had become a bunch of young Kung Fu masters. A variety of Chinese children’s games and board games were also presented, including kongzhu (diabolo), iron hoop rolling, shuttlecock kicking, Ludo, Five in a Row, etc. The students were all eager to try these games and especially desired to challenge the difficult ones.

A large public school, Charles La Trobe P-12 College boasts a relatively complete system of Chinese language teaching. The Confucius Classroom at Charles La Trobe P-12 College, as one of the first three Confucius Classrooms established by the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University and the very first of its kind in the northern region of Victoria, not only creates a platform to facilitate Chinese language teaching in Melbourne but also helps localize and deepen the spreading of Chinese culture.


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