Welcoming visitors from Tongling No. 3 High School, China

Welcoming visitors from Tongling No. 3 High School, China

On the 18th November we welcomed a delegation of visitors from Tongling No. 3 High School in Anhui province, China to mark the start of a wonderful partnership between our two schools. The delegation comprised of five students and four members of staff led by Mr Zhang, the school’s Vice Principal.

Our visitors joined us for a day packed with activities starting with a tour of our school and observations of our lessons. Our visitors were fascinated by the lessons that they observed. The delegation was welcomed by Mr Harrison with a warming speech at the welcome assembly, attended by all students learning Chinese and other languages. Performances from our students and also our visitors included a mixture of dance displays, Kungfu, a mini drama piece in Chinese and some presentations about how we learn Chinese. The assembly closed with the announcement of a new partnership by the Headteachers of both schools.

Our Chinese Learning programme is very successful and provides a unique experience for our students as their learning is not confined to the classroom; it instils in them an interest in the culture and literature associated with China and reiterates a strong belief in the opportunities that studying languages provides.

Mr Harrison welcomed our visitors with the following speech:

The fantastic partnership we have with the Swire Chinese Language Foundation has been a major boost for our students. We are the only school in Salford that offers Chinese as a language which gives our children a head-start in learning about a culture that is so influential around the world. Our job is to prepare children for the future and the ability to speak Mandarin Chinese gives our students a major advantage in many different careers, opening doors to new opportunities.

The Foundation’s help has allowed us to offer Mandarin Chinese across the school and in our local primary schools as well. All children who start at the school have the choice of Mandarin Chinese as one of their subjects, letting them learn not just another language, but also about culture in the wider world.

I am very proud to launch the new phase of our work with China by welcoming our partners from Tongling No. 3 High School. We are a very close-knit community here at Co-op Academy Swinton and we are pleased to welcome you to our family.
We believe that great teaching leads to great success and look forward to learning from each other to make the future better for all our students, staff and wider communities.

Mr Harrison’s welcome speech translated into Mandarin Chinese:
我们与太古中文教育基金会的合作伙伴关系极大地鼓舞了我们的学生。我们是索尔福德市唯一一所提供中文课程的中学,这使我们的学生在学习具有世界广泛影响力的中国文化方面领先了一步。我们的工作是教育孩子们为未来做好准备,会说中文增强了我们的学生将来能够从事不同职业的优势,打开了新机会的大门。
太古中文教育基金会的帮助使我们能够在本校以及辐射小学提供汉语课程。我们学校所有的入学新生都可以选择中文作为他们的课程之一。这使他们不仅可以学习另一种语言,还可以学习世界文化的多样性。
我在此热烈欢迎中国铜陵三中访问团的到来,并且非常自豪地宣布通过我们两校的合作伙伴关系来开启我校在中文教育方面的新篇章。我们斯温顿中学是一个有着亲密纽带关系的社区,非常高兴欢迎您加入我们的家庭。
我们相信杰出的教育会带来巨大的成功,希望我们两校彼此学习,为我们的学生,员工和广大的社区创造更美好的未来。

校长,马克.哈里森先生