First Confucius Classroom in Northern Territory of Australia Inaugurates

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University [Time]    2017-07-04 18:10:36 
 

On June 28th, local time, the Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School affiliated to the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University officially inaugurated, emerging as the first Confucius Classroom in Northern Territory of Australia. Eva Dina Lawler, Minister for Education of Northern Territory, Simon Maddocks, President of Charles Darwin University, Sharon Reeves, Principal of Woodroffe Primary School, Cheng Jingye, Chinese Ambassador to Australia and Wang Hua, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute and other guests attended the opening ceremony.

The official opening ceremony kicked off amid the spectacular lion dance. As the first guest to give an address, Eva Dina Lawler expressed her gratitude for the great efforts made by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban, Department of Education of Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University, Woodroffe Primary School and all those who had contributed to the establishment of the Confucius Classroom. She expressed that after the establishment of the Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School, over 400 primary school students will embark on a journey of learning Chinese language and experiencing Chinese culture. Meanwhile, the educational cooperation between Northern Territory and China will also be further deepened.


Local Chinese Association performing a lion dance


Eva Dina Lawler giving a speech

Cheng Jingye pointed out in his speech that China and Australia enjoy extensive cooperation in such areas as education, economy and trade. The establishment of the first Confucius Classroom in Northern Territory will provide local students and community with more opportunities to learn and know China. Cheng Jingye also presented Chinese learning materials to Woodroffe Primary School and expected that the students, who are learning Chinese, could overcome difficulties and work hard, striving to be ambassadors of cultural communication between China and Australia.


Cheng Jingye giving books to Woodroffe Primary School

Simon Maddocks highlighted in his remarks that Charles Darwin University has played an undeniably constructive role in progressing the establishment of the Confucius Classroom. As Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms are seen as bridges for understanding Chinese language and culture, he hoped that Confucius Institutes will build more bridges of friendship and of culture as well as bridges of development connecting Australia with China's economic belt of the "Belt and Road Initiative".


Simon Maddocks delivering a speech

Sharon Reeves guided four student representatives onto the stage to give speeches. The students expressed their strong wishes of learning Chinese, knowing China through learning the language, making Chinese friends and having the chance to go on an exchange in China.


Sharon Reeves guiding four student representatives onto the stage to give speeches

Following the speeches, the guests then joined together to cut the ribbon and inaugurate the nameplate for the Confucius Classroom.


The guests inaugurating the nameplate

At the official opening ceremony, volunteer Chinese teachers from the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University, Li Jingru and Chen Yiting performed Xinjiang dance and Tai chi respectively, winning applause from the guests and audience.


Li Jingru performing the dance

After the ceremony, Cheng Jingye took group photos with the guests and visited the "Confucius Corner" at Woodroffe Primary School accompanied by Simon Maddocks and Wang Hua.

Story by Ma Xiaona