First Students in Ireland to Complete Six Years of Chinese Classes in Post Primary School

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Loreto Bray Praised by UCD Confucius Institute


On 5th December 2012, four students from Loreto secondary school Bray finished their six years of Chinese classes, setting a fine precedent for other students and schools to follow. The principal of Loreto Bray, Mr. Lorcan Byrne and Dr. Liming Wang, director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) attended the graduation ceremony and personally handed the special graduation certificates to the students. 

To set the theme of the ceremony, Qianqian Cao, a Chinese teacher with CII, introduced some daily phrases in Chinese to the students at the beginning of the ceremony. Bringing in a more cultural element, a traditional Chinese Tea ceremony presentation was given by another teacher, Fuya Zhang. To wrap the ceremony up and ensure all involved were getting something extra to take home, teacher Xiangran Wen led the students in the use of the traditional Chinese writing brush to write the name of Ireland in Chinese.

Tea Ceremony and Guzheng performances 

Students to show works of  calligraphy

After the culture workshop, director Liming Wang issued the certifications and gave a short speech to express the affirmation of their hard work during six years’ Chinese study and their great achievement in learning Chinese. The director hoped the students could continually enjoy the beauty of Chinese and gain more achievements in the future.

Mr. Lorcan Byrne, principal of Loreto, expressed his thanks to director Liming Wang for the support of the hard working Chinese teachers from the CII. The four students expressed their feelings on this special occasion and talked about their experience of learning Chinese. They then presented their teacher and the director with hand-made thank you cards. At the end of the ceremony, many students lingered with their teachers, clearly moved by the occasion and already missing the teacher and their Chinese class.   

Loreto Bray was the first school to offer a Chinese course at post primary school level in Ireland. Since 2006, under the help of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, a large number of students have been involved in Chinese study here. During his visit to Ireland in 2010, H.E. Li Changchun attended the fourth anniversary of the CII. At the event, the chorus of Loreto Bray performed Chinese songs which impressed all the guests and audience. As a direct result, the chorus of Loreto Bray was invited to give a performance at the Fifth Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing in 2010. The chorus of Loreto Bray have been invited to the Spring Festival Gala held by CII and their performances, singing traditional Chinese melodies, received great appreciation among the audiences on each occasion since 2008. 

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