At St Mark's our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are presently taught Mandarin. This opportunity is delivered to us in partnership with Newcastle High School for Girls and St Cuthbert's High School.
The Swire Chinese Language Programme was founded in 2016 to improve the quality, quantity, and reach of the teaching of the Chinese language in the UK. With funding from the Swire Chinese Language Foundation, the programme is working with various schools across the country to create Swire Chinese Language Centres.
Their common aim is for students of all ages to gain greater access to Chinese language teaching, and that greater interest in the language and Chinese culture will be generated.
With relations between Britain and China becoming more important than ever this is an exciting time to engage with Chinese language and culture. The Swire Chinese Language Programme will encourage more young people to learn this fascinating and enjoyable language, and will increase access to it for pupils across the country.
You can find out more about Swire Foundation at the website http://www.swirechinesenewcastle.org/
These photographs are from our recent Chinese New Year Celebration Day held on Saturday 3rd March at Newcastle High School for Girls.
" It was a great day.We enjoyed learning Tai Chi movements. It made me sleepy! I enjoyed the dance lesson; the chopstick game, where I was a judge. I really enjoyed sharing the delicious food. Thank you ! xiè xiè !" -Bella