On Wednesday 7th June, Oldmachar Academy celebrated the official launch of the Aberdeen City Council Confucius Classroom. The launch ceremony included performances from pupils at Danestone Primary, Glashieburn Primary and Oldmachar Academy. Guests were welcomed from Strathclyde University, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen City Council and the Oldmachar Academy Parent Council.
The Confucius Classroom hub will support pupils learning Mandarin to boost their language skills, in line with Scotland’s 1+2 languages policy, which aims to allow every child the opportunity to learn two languages in addition to their mother tongue by 2020. Confucius Classrooms are hubs based in schools and serving the local community. Every S1 and S2 pupil at Oldmachar Academy has the chance to learn Mandarin and French every week. The Confucius Classroom will also serve as a city campus hub giving pupils from across the city the chance to learn Mandarin.
At the ceremony, music was provided by former Oldmachar pupil pipe major Craig Moir and Danestone pupil Kirsten Black of the Deeside Caledonia pipe band, as well as the Oldmachar senior music class with a beautiful rendition of the classic Scottish song “Caledonia”. This was followed by a unique take on the Titanic theme “My Heart Will Go On” which was performed on traditional Chinese musical instruments by visiting teachers from Aberdeen University Confucius Institute. Pupils from Glashieburn Primary and Danestone Primary entertained by singing Chinese nursery rhymes and performing Highland Dancing. Megan and Aieshya from S6 got lots of laughs with their Chinese comedy performance. The S3 and S6 pupils from Oldmachar performed a short drama based on the traditional Chinese tale of the Butterfly Lovers and a group of S6 pupils who will go on an expedition to China this summer shared details of their plans.
Finally, Oldmachar head teacher Mrs Mohamed was presented with a plaque from Fan Lin (deputy director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools) to represent that Oldmachar Academy is now the host of Aberdeen City Council Confucius Classroom.
To find out more about the Confucius Classroom or to request a visit from a Chinese teacher from the Confucius Institute for your school, please e-mail Lynnette Martin firstname.lastname@example.org