Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia Assists Open Day Activity of Chinese Consulate General in Perth

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia [Time]    2019-08-27 09:46:33 
 

On August 24th, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia participated in the open day event organized by the Chinese Consulate General in Perth upon invitation. Ian Johnson, Policy Adviser of the Tourism Minister Papalia; Murray Jorgenson, CEO of the City of Perth; Gary Gray, former Minister for Resources and Energy of Western Australia; Nancy, President of WA Australia-China Friendship Society (WA ACFS); Zhang Jieqi, President of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia; and Adam Hadley, President of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) WA branch, as well as about 300 people including primary and secondary school principals, students, and parents, and friends from all walks of life of Perth attended the event.

In the speech, Dong Zhihua, Chinese Consul General in Perth, stated that for a long time, the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia, the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia, and the principals of Perth Primary and Secondary Schools have made unremitting efforts and positive contributions to the promotion of Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture. They are the ambassadors who help to consolidate the very foundation of China-Australia friendship and enhance mutual understanding between our two countries and peoples. 10 September is the teacher’s day in China. I would like to extend my greetings and thanks to you on this special occasion. The WA Australia-China Friendship Society’s awarding ceremony by will be held at the Open Day to recognize students who excel at Chinese learning in primary and secondary schools and those who have made outstanding contributions to Chinese language education.


Dong Zhihua making a speech

Nancy and Zhang Jieqi, in their remarks, thanked the Chinese Consulate General in Perth for their strong support for the promotion of Chinese language teaching, and congratulated the winning students, and encouraged them to continue their efforts to learn Chinese and make contributions to promoting friendly exchanges between China and Australia.


Nancy making a speech


Zhang Jieqi making a speech

At the ceremony, the Principal of Oberthur Primary School in Perth, Tim Bamber, and the founder of the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia, Geoffrey Davis AM, were awarded the Outstanding Contributor to Chinese Language Education Award. 36 Perth Primary and Secondary School students were awarded the 2019 Learning Chinese Award.


Award Ceremony

All the guests had a firsthand experience of Chinese culture, through a variety of activities and skill practicing on the Open Day. Students from Oberthur Primary School and Redciffe Primary School and local Chinese artists presented the traditional Chinese performances of the peacock dance of Dai people, Guzheng-Violin Ensemble and Chinese martial arts, which were praised by the guests. The event also featured an Exhibition for the Modern Folk Paintings from Xiuzhou, which displayed a number of paintings by Xiuzhou farmers.


The peacock dance The South of Colorful Clouds

During the event, Chinese teachers and volunteers from the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia prepared a series of Chinese cultural experiential activities, including paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese knots making and facial makeup, and colored painting. Nearly 200 Australian students and their parents took part in the activities in a warm atmosphere.


Students making facial makeup

After the event, the guests hoped that there will be more opportunities for them to visit China and learn more about the Chinese culture in the future, as they have felt the unique charm of and understood more about the Chinese culture through those diverse and novel contents and forms in the Open Day.

Story by Xu Min, Xiao Jiangshan; photo by Zhu Lin