Celebrating all that Chinese culture has to offer, Harrogate Grammar is the very first Yorkshire school to be awarded ‘Confucius Classroom’ status.
Giving scope to expand programmes on Chinese language and culture, delegates from the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds unveiled a plaque at the school commemorating this new partnership.
This makes Harrogate Grammar School a hub for planning cultural activities andsharing ideas and resources to further education in Chinese language and culture.
MFL faculty leader Adrian Stipetic said: “This raises the profile of Chinese so we can have teachers and teaching assistants, and the Confucius Institute can provide some quite exciting things, like Chinese dance classes and Chinese cooking classes run from the school with people coming in to deliver them using Harrogate Grammar as a hub.
“Chinese is very new to us and not many schools do it, so we are quite excited to be ahead of the rest getting a good provision in early, trying to make as many students as possible aware of the learning opportunities available.
“The status gives us a platform from which we can get support, resources, and experience from the institute. We are discussing having a Chinese day for Year 7 at the end of the school year and they have all sorts of events planned that they can bring over to us.”
All pupils with an interest in learning Mandarin Chinese will be able to do so from September and, if they continue their studies, they will be able to take part in an exchange programme to a school in Hangzhou, Eastern China.
The school will also be a centre for adult classes in Mandarin Chinese, offering the opportunity for learning to the wider community.