Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College Celebrates 10th Anniversary

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College [Time]    2019-02-06 09:05:01 
 

On January 25th, local time, the Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College held its 10th anniversary celebration. The following guests were invited to participate in the celebration: Yvonne Fovargue, Member of Parliament; Cllr. Sue Greensmith, Mayor of Wigan; Cllr. David Molyneux, leader of the Wigan Council; Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Deputy Mayor of Wigan; Cllr Chris Ready, Head of the Wigan City Community Investment Portfolio; Anna Dawe, Principal of Wigan and Leigh College; Xia Jianhui, Counselor of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom (UK), and Fan Yingjie, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Manchester.


Activity site

Cllr.Sue Greensmith first delivered an ebullient speech. She spoke highly of the contributions made by Confucius Classroom to promoting UK-China exchanges and friendly cooperation over the past 10 years and praised the Confucius Classroom as a window for local people in Wigan to understand Chinese culture and learn Chinese, which is an important part of Wigan’s multiculture.

Anna Dawe reviewed the history of the cooperation between the Chinese and the UK universities in establishing the Confucius Classroom. She praised the contents of Chinese, cuisine, clothing, Chinese Kung Fu, Chinese dance, Chinese cooking, etc. in the Confucius Classroom as part of the teaching content of Wigan and Leigh College, which are popular among teachers and students. She also said that she will continue to support the Confucius Classroom and make the Confucius Classroom better by joint efforts.

The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), Education Department of Shaanxi Provincial Government, and Education Bureau of Xi'an respectively expressed their high expectations for the future development of the Confucius Classroom.


Guests

In the day, the main streets of Wigan were littered with Chinese and the UK national flags, and China’s red lanterns and Chinese knots were also hung on the streets and shopping malls. The city was full of the joyous atmosphere of Chinese festival. The restaurant at Wigan and Leigh College was newly refurbished, with the character "Fu"(meaning luck), lanterns and the Chinese and the UK national flags hanging high. The Wigan City Theater had red lights hanging high and flags flying. Seven “giant pandas” and students dressed in Chinese costumes warmly welcomed guests. The pupil waist drum team danced the Ansai waist drum of northern Shaanxi on the theater corridor so that the guests felt the enthusiasm and friendliness.


Welcoming show

The celebration party kicked off by lively and ebullient Ansai waist drum show, which drew unceasing applause with the beat of drums and flying red silk. Subsequently, the 50-member performance group consisting of the Xi'an Bo-Ai International School Art Troupe, and the students of Xi'an Senior High School and Ansai County First Primary School presented a brilliant performance. In addition, Anita, a student from the Chinese advanced class of the Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College, sang the song “Red Bean”, and the standard Chinese pronunciation brought down the house.


“Rapper Face”


“Three stanzas of Plum-blossoms”

Xia Jianhui expressed his gratitude to the support of the Confucius Classroom by the Wigan City Government and Wigan and Leigh College in his congratulatory speech. He said that the Confucius Classroom in Wigan has done a lot of useful work in the past 10 years. It serves as the center of Chinese culture learning in Wigan and the bridge between the Chinese and British people. He also said that the Chinese Embassy in the UK will continue to fully support the development of the Confucius Classroom in Wigan, and hoped that the Confucius Classroom will become a model for China-UK exchanges and cooperation.


Xia Jianhui delivering a speech

Fan Yingjie highly praised the Confucius Classroom's work in the past 10 years and expressed gratitude to the Wigan City Council and Wigan and Leigh College in his speech. He said that the Consulate will continue to focus on the development of the Confucius Classroom in the future.


Fan Yingjie delivering a speech


Group photo

The Confucius Classroom at Wigan and Leigh College is the second independent Confucius Classroom in the UK and was established in December 2008. Since its inception, the Confucius Classroom has been promoting Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture. It has launched several cultural exchange activities with the support of the Wigan City Government and Wigan and Leigh College. The Confucius Classroom has taken root in Wigan and become a favorite Chinese language teaching and Chinese cultural center for students in Wigan and local people. It has carried out Chinese cultural experience activities in more than 100 universities, middle and primary schools in Wigan.

 
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