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: