Press Releases 2016

New Chinese Community School opens in Swansea

08.11.2016

Children of Chinese families in Swansea now have their very own Chinese School, thanks to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)’s Confucius Institute.

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The School, which welcomed its first pupils on 4th September, is based at the University’s Townhill Campus. The take-up for places has been so successful that the Confucius Institute in now offering both morning and afternoon sessions every Sunday.  

To mark this unique development in Swansea there will be an official opening on Sunday, 20th November in the Townhill Theatre on the campus at 11.45.

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The initiative has had the full support of the Chinese Community Co-op Centre, the charitable body that looks after the interests of Swansea’s Chinese ethnic communities.

Confucius Institute Executive Director, Krystyna Krajewska said “Swansea has a thriving Chinese community with a growing number of Chinese school age children. The new school aims to enable these youngsters to keep in touch with their Chinese roots and heritage, and to provide them with the excellent Chinese language skills they will need in the increasingly globalised world of work.  I’m delighted that we have 78 children from Swansea’s Chinese community aged between 4 – 13 years who spend two hours every Sunday at the School studying Chinese language and culture.  The pupils are organised by age in three different classes ranging from absolute beginners to students who are fluent in spoken Chinese and wish to prepare for their Mandarin GCSE exam”.

With nearly ten years’ experience of providing Chinese language and culture courses and workshops in Welsh schools, universities and the community, the Confucius Institute is offering a range of courses at the new school from Mandarin GCSE and A for older pupils, to the Chinese Proficiency test provided by Hanban, the Chinese Government’s office for teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Krystyna Krajewska added: “We believe the Chinese School in Swansea is unique. This is the first time that a Confucius Institute has opened and managed a school for their local Chinese community. It offers an example of best practice of collaboration between the Chinese community and the university sector.”

Parents commented on the opening of the school by saying: “Thank you for bring Chinese school to Swansea. Wishing you prosperity for many years to come!”

Mrs Wai Fong Lee MBE, Chairperson of the Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre commented: “Our organisation has been supporting the local Chinese community for over 20 years. We are very delighted to be collaborating with the Confucius Institute to open a new Chinese School that promises to deliver a high standard of education.

With the momentum of such a successful start the Confucius Institute Chinese School will have its official opening on Sunday 20th November at the Townhill Theatre, Townhill Campus, UWTSD.

Programme:

11.45: Welcome - Confucius Institute

11.50: Swansea Welsh Male Voice Choir

12.00: Chinese Songs and recitations by the pupils of the Chinese School 

12.15: Introduction to school governors, teachers and volunteers

12.30: Official presentation of School plaque

12.35: Refreshments in foyer

13.15: End

Note to Editor

  1. For further information, please contact Rebecca Davies 01792 483695 / 07496 385597
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.
  5. The University’s Confucius Institute is the first in Wales: hppt://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/confucius-institute/confucius-institute-chinese-school/

Further Information

For more information, please contact Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director: k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk