|Confucius Classroom opens at LHC - 17 November 2014|
Lourdes Hill College has received its own slice of China, following the official opening of its Confucius Classroom on Friday 7 November.
The themed classroom, built to promote an increased interest in Chinese language and culture, was opened as part of a partnership between Lourdes Hill, The University of Queensland’s Confucius Institute and the Hanban Confucius Institute Headquarters in China.
Principal Robyn Anderson said that the Confucius Classroom was a welcome addition to the College’s developing campus.
“Lourdes Hill College has enjoyed a long association with Chinese culture, tradition and language, through our work as an international education provider for Chinese students,” Ms Anderson said.
“Our international students come to Lourdes Hill to study English and complete their secondary education, making a positive impact by enriching and diversifying our College community.
“Now, with support from The University of Queensland’s Confucius Institute and Hanban, our College can develop a closer relationship with China than ever,” she said.
Ms Anderson said that the Confucius Classroom would play host to a number of activities relating to Chinese language and culture.
“In addition to being a learning space for our Chinese language students, the Confucius Classroom will be used for the facilitation of Chinese teaching programs and training of local Chinese language teachers,” she said.
“Our involvement with the Confucius Institute will also enable the coordination of exchange programs with Chinese secondary school students.”
Ms Anderson said that the Confucius Institute had provided a $10,000 grant to Lourdes Hill to establish the Confucius Classroom.
“The financial support provided by the Confucius Institute has allowed the College to furnish and decorate the classroom in traditional Chinese themes,” she said.
“Hanban has also provided multimedia equipment and resources to enhance our students’ Chinese learning experience.”
Ms Anderson said that next year’s Year 7 cohort would among the first students to benefit from the classroom.
“We will welcome Year 7 students in 2015, and Chinese language will become a core subject in their first year at the College,” she said.
“We are truly thrilled that our youngest students will have such a wonderful platform to spark a lifelong interest in Chinese language and culture and international relations.”
Students, staff and special guests enjoyed the official opening, which featured a lion dance performance and afternoon tea with Chinese music and food.