Chinese Teachers’ Delegation Visit to Mount Clear College

[Source]    The Confucius Classroom of Mount Clear College [Time]    2019-05-13 15:41:09 

Organized by the Confucius Classroom of Mount Clear College, a delegation of 56 teachers from Yangzhou City and Xuzhou City paid a visit to Mount Clear College on April 1st. At 10:00, a welcome ceremony, hosted by Jenny Bromley, Vice-Principal and Director of the Confucius Classroom, was held at the school theatre. Both China’s and Australia’s national anthems were played first. Then two students studying Chinese at the Confucius Classroom made a welcome speech in Chinese, which received a lot of praises from the delegation. Principal Lynita Taylor also gave a welcome speech.

Jenny Bromley, Vice-Principal, hosting the welcome ceremony

At 10:30am, the delegation was put into groups of six, led by two local students studying Chinese and one Chinese student, observed some classroom teaching. When they saw students learning cooking and carpentry in the classroom, they showed their surprise and praise for the hands-on classes, which are very different in Chinese schools. Finally, they came to the Confucius Classroom at the Language Center where Chinese language teaching is conducted. The teachers were excited to see a lot of students learning Chinese. They were also very impressed to experience the environment of the center that showcases Chinese culture and art.

The students learning Chinese show the delegates around the school

At 11:00am, the delegation went back to the theatre and attended a presentation about the education system of Victoria and the operation of the school by David Stuchbery, the Vice-Principal of Mount Clear College, and a lecture on teaching and learning at the school. They also participated in the presentation covering student wellbeing and mental health given by three leading teachers. Everybody was actively involved in the activities given by the teachers and also asked many questions.

Daniel Hardy, a leading teacher, giving a lecture

At 3:00pm, the delegation went to the City Hall of Ballarat and was received by Mayor Samantha Mclntosh. She talked about her visits to China and praised the Confucius Classroom for its contribution to Chinese language teaching and cultural exchanges in Ballarat and all the delegates applauded.


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