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Confucius Classroom Opening


The Cairns State High School Languages Faculty is excited to announce its Confucius Classroom Opening. The newest Confucius Classroom in the region will open on Friday 29 May at a special event commencing at 3.45pm. The themed classroom is located in the new Junior Secondary building at Cairns High.

Cairns State High School is the most recent school to receive the start-up grant from the China Confucius Institute through the support of The Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The aim is to promote the study of Chinese language and culture.

“This year sets a landmark in Chinese language education at Cairns State High School with the introduction of the senior Chinese curriculum and the opening of the Confucius Classroom. With the extra financial and academic supports from the Confucius Institute, I hope to offer enriched learning programs to our students and therefore develop competent communicators across languages and cultures,” commented Ms Li-Chu (Eva) Chang, Chinese Teacher.

Cairns High is proud to have the support of a number of special guests and dignitaries including; Mr Chris Meakin, Director of The Confucius Institute at QUT, Ms Chen Li, Chinese Deputy Director of The Confucius Institute at QUT, Professor Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice Chancellor for QUT, Cr Bob Manning, Cairns Mayor, Ms Linda Forbes of Education Queensland International, and Stephen Bell, Assistant Regional Director for the Department of Education, Training and Employment as well as Rob Pyne Local Member for Cairns. Many students of Chinese at Cairns High and their parents will also be in attendance for this landmark occasion.

Opening entertainment is provided by the Cairns High Junior Strings Quartet. The program then continues with addresses from some of the special guests as well as a musical item on the guzheng played by a very talented Cairns High student. To conclude the evening the plaque will officially be unveiled, followed by a Cairns Chinese Association Lion Dance performance and then a tour of the Cairns High Confucius Classroom.