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Official Opening of our Mandarin Classroom

Opening of Mandarin Classroom

On Wednesday 23rd November we invited special guests to attend the formal opening of our spectacular new Mandarin Classroom. The guests included Professor Li Guoqiang, Chief representative of the Minister and Counsellor for Education at the Chinese Embassy, Professor Wang Rui, Co-Director of The Confucius Institute, London Southbank University, Jon Abbey, Director of Haringey Council Children and Young People’s Service and Ms Zina Etheridge, Deputy Chief Executive of Haringey Council.

The Mandarin tour began with the Reception classes, where the guests were shown the children’s calligraphy and included listening to Mandarin songs sung by our Year 1 children. The guests also enjoyed watching our Year 6 film, ‘Monkey King goes to Highgate Primary’, which was conducted entirely in Mandarin and was awarded First Prize in a Chinese Embassy competition last April.

The guests were then treated to a very delicious Chinese lunch from Yien in Muswell Hill and were entertained by Tang Huan who played beautiful classical Chinese music on the Guzheng (a long stringed instrument which is plucked like a harp).

Official Mandarin Classroom Opening

Our Mandarin Teacher and Confucius Classroom Manager, Rhoda, said: “I am very proud to open our beautiful new Mandarin Classroom.  Our Reception and Year 1 children were thrilled to be able to share their Mandarin songs with our special guests.”

Professor Guoqiang Li was impressed with how we have introduced Mandarin into our Early Years. He recognises the importance and benefits of starting young when learning a language and was very interested in how we offer continuity of learning from Nursery right through to Year 6. He hopes to support our Mandarin department over the coming years.

Jon Abbey (Director of Children’s Services Haringey) and Zina Etheridge (Deputy Chief Executive Haringey Council ) were both awed by the stunning new Mandarin classroom and commented on the unique opportunity which Highgate Primary offers with its Mandarin and Chinese Culture curriculum.

You can read about this exciting event in the Ham & High on page 12 of this edition:

Mandarin news in the Ham & High.