78 High school students from Mt Maria College, St Margaret’s Anglican College, St Benedict’s College, St Paul’s and Clairvaux Mackillop High School participated in a Confucius Institute Chinese Immersion Day at UQ on May 23rd.
The Institute held special classes on Chinese calligraphy, traditional paper cutting and Tai Chi with students and teachers alike enjoying the day immensely.
Mt Maria’s teacher of Chinese Language, Mr Michael Ku, stated how the day came about. “The schools are part of a Northern District cluster which work together for the promotion of Chinese language,” he said.
“We are very grateful to the Confucius Institute at UQ for arranging these classes and we intend to work closely with the Institute in future,” Mr Ku added.
Professor Ping Chen, Director of the Confucius Institute at UQ, was delighted regarding outcomes from the day’s activities. “Among our core goals, the Institute provides outreach and workshops for key schools in Queensland,” he said.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland regularly arranges activities with local schools which engage and encourage students to learn Chinese language and culture.