Official Mandarin Chinese Launch Day
What a great day yesterday to mark the official launch of Mandarin Chinese at Co-op Academy Swinton. We welcomed visitors from the Swire Chinese Language Foundation, Manchester Grammar School and Jinlong Culture & Performing Arts.
The celebrations began with our guests; Mr Edward Watson, Dr Martin Boulton and Mr Rob Neal enjoying a tour of school and observing one of our Year 7 Chinese lessons in action, before we headed to our Globe for the official launch ceremony. We heard speeches from all our visitors reminding us of the opportunities that learning a language can bring and how the possibilities are endless when it comes to moving into the world of work.
We are thrilled that we are now able to offer lessons in Mandarin Chinese to our students working in partnership with the Swire Chinese Language Foundation and from next year our students are able to choose this from their arrival in Year 7. Swire Chinese Language Foundation currently work with 144 schools and around 13,000 students so they have a wealth of experience that we can draw on.
It was show time next and up first were our Year 9 group with a drama performance of ‘The Fox and the Tiger’ – a traditional Chinese tale. Our next performance saw Year 7s sing a traditional Chinese folk song called ‘Jasmine Flower’ accompanied by two amazing dancers from Year 9. We were then treated to an amazingly colourful and traditional ‘lion dance’ from Jinlong Culture & Performing Arts Ltd which provided great amusement for our Year 8 audience as he prowled through the rows of seats. Following the spectacular show all our performers enjoyed a delicious Chinese lunch provided very kindly by the parents of Year 7 student Yi Yang Lin.
It was a really fantastic launch and we are simply over the moon at the amazing progress our children studying Chinese have made in such a short space of time. They have only been taking part in Chinese lessons since January and their knowledge is outstanding. They had just two weeks of rehearsals for their individual shows and they were word perfect…well done everyone.
A huge thank you must also go to Mrs Kirkham, our Teacher of Mandarin Chinese for organising the whole day.