Ten-year’s Dream of Chinese Education, Cultivating World Talents Hand in Hand—Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School Holds Celebration of Its 10th Anniversary and 2019 Mid-Autumn Festival Carnival

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School [Time]    2019-10-02 10:19:06 
 

On September 11th, the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School and the Mid-Autumn Festival Carnival in 2019 were held in the Auditorium of Luanpobuta Puttasalo, Phuket Wittayalai School, Thailand. Tanyawat Chanpinij, Vice President of Phuket Province; Kosol Saikhaow, Principal of Phuket Wittayalai School; Xu Xuehua, Honorary Consultant and the first director of the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School; Xie Baoshu, Director of the Confucius Classroom, Luo Jianping and Shi Yu, Chairman of the Confucius Classroom Alumni Association. Representatives of overseas Chinese groups, primary and secondary schools and related institutions in and around Phuket, representatives of teachers and parents' associations, as well as guests from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Rayong, Phitsanulok and Lampang, as well as representatives of teachers and students of Phuket Wittayalai School, participated in the event.

The whole event included a ten-year exhibition of the Confucius Classroom teaching achievements and student works in Phuket Wittayalai School, the recognition of outstanding students in the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School, the opening ceremony of Confucius Classroom Alumni Association of Phuket Wittayalai School and the admission Office of Huaqiao University in Southwest Thailand, as well as report performances in classrooms and so on.


The guests

Tanyawat Chanpinij delivered an opening speech at the event, highly affirming the achievements of the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School in the past ten years, and appreciating Confucius Classroom for its great cultivation of a large number of Chinese Mandarin talents for Phuket and southwest Thailand over the years. He said Phuket would continue to support the development of the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School and best wishes to its future.

Suthep Chitayawong, Secretary-General of the basic Education Committee of the Ministry of Education of Thailand, and Song Ruoyun, Head of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, sent congratulatory letters to the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School. Suthup affirmed that the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School actively innovated the Chinese teaching mode and set up a Chinese experimental class to improve the effect of Chinese teaching, and hoped that the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School would continue to develop and become a bright business card for Chinese teaching in Thailand. Song Ruoyun not only affirmed the achievements of the Confucius Classroom, but also hoped that the Confucius Classroom would continue its efforts to promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Thailand and make greater achievements.

In order to encourage students’ enthusiasm to learn Chinese, 10 excellent students and 10 outstanding students in HSK were selected by the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School and awarded at the ceremony. Lin Lingheng, an award-winning student, said, “Thank you very much for giving me such a high honor in class. I must study hard and strive to pass the HSK5 and HSKK intermediate exams as soon as possible in order to realize my dream of studying in China.”


Award ceremony

The presentation performance carefully prepared by the students is one of the highlights of this activity. Poetry recitation, drama, dance and song performed in turn won warm applause from the audience. The poetry recitation “Prelude To Water Melody” brought by the students in the sophomore experimental class and the play “Cowherd and the Weaving Maid” performed by the students in the senior one experimental class fully demonstrated their Chinese proficiency. The most eye-catching is the Chinese classical dance “Tage”, which is carefully arranged by volunteer teachers. The brilliant dance cannot help but make people dream back to the Tang Dynasty and feel its prosperity. The vigorous modern dance “Pick Me” showed the vitality of contemporary China to the audience. Finally, a chorus song “Love Each Other” brings the event to a perfect end.


Song “Love Each Other”


Classical dance “Tage”


“Cowherd and the Weaving Maid”

What’s more, the guests jointly unveiled the Southwest Thailand Admissions Office of Huaqiao University and the Confucius Class Alumni Association of Phuket Wittayalai School at the ceremony.


Unveiling ceremony

Since the Confucius Classroom’s establishment, the cooperation between Huaqiao University and Phuket Wittayalai School has been deepened. In April 2019, the two sides reached an agreement that Huaqiao University should set up an admission Office in Southwest Thailand in Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School to provide scholarships for outstanding students and entrust the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School to exercise the right of admission in southwest Thailand. The establishment of the Admission Office has pushed the cooperation between the two universities to a new height.

In the past ten years, the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School has sent a large number of students who are excellent both in character and learning. It can be said that the alumni of Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School have spread all over southwest Thailand. Nowadays, many alumni have taken on different positions to serve the society, and many have the ability to give back to their alma mater to help them develop further. On July 19, 2019, the preparatory meeting of the Alumni Association was held in Phuket Middle School. Alumni representatives recommended Surin, the outstanding alumni, a Thai Chinese education expert, and the assistant to the president of Prince of Songkla University, Surat Thani Campus to serve as the first chairman of the association, which sets an example for the students in school.


Group photo

This activity is not only a summary of the achievements of the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School in the past ten years, but also points out the direction for the follow-up development. It is hoped that the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School make further progress and become a bright business card for Chinese teaching in Thailand.

Story by Yang Qinlan; photo by Ma Yue

 
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