Yesterday we were delighted to welcome back 33 former pupils with their Secondary School Principals and teachers to receive certificates for the YCT Level 1, which they sat in their P7 year.
The YCT is an international standardised test of proficiency in Mandarin, set by Hanban, the Department of Education, China. It assesses students’ abilities to use Mandarin through demonstrating their ability to understand and use some of the most common Mandarin phrases and sentences. The test is made up of two components, writing and speaking.
We are delighted to report that St. Mary’s students under the instruction of Mr Wan Li our Confucius Institute, Mandarin tutor, scored very highly on their papers, in fact well beyond the required pass mark!
Congratulations everyone, we were delighted to see you all again and hope that your experience of learning Mandarin at St Mary’s will promote a life long, love of languages.
Tomorrow we look forward to a wonderful morning of Global Learning as we celebrate Chinese New Year with Mr Cui and invited guests. Mr Cui has an exciting programme of entertainment planned, immersing us in Chinese culture. Pupils from P4, P5 and P6 will perform, as well as professional Chinese Artists, including musicians, dancers and Sichuan Opera, face changers!
To assist with P5 and P6 girls’ costume changes and P6 Kong Fu demonstrations all those pupils in P5 and P6 performing, may wear their PE uniforms.
In attendance will be 33 former P7 Pupils, (and their Secondary School Principals) whom we welcome back to receive their YCT Mandarin Level 1 certificates. In addition we will have representatives from SWC Confucius Hub, Mrs J. McDowell, Mrs L Beatty and Mrs F Cole.
We will take photos to share here with you, so watch this space!
P6 pupils really enjoyed their visit to the Digitial Arts Exhibition to celebrate Chinese New Year in the University of Ulster. Pupils experienced, through the use of digital media and Augmented Reality, the practices and traditions associated with the Spring Festival. These included a virtual visit to a Chinese Puppet Theatre, electronic paper cutting and moulding clay into Chinese Porcelain.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners in the Confucius Institute for your kind invitation to today’s exhibition and we wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig!
P6 pupils are looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year as guests of the Confucius Institute at their “Meeting China – Digital Arts Exhibition” on Monday 28th January. This is very exciting opportunity for pupils and staff as the exhibition is being held in the newly built University of Ulster Campus in Belfast.
Pupils will depart school at 9.15am and will return for normal school finishing time.
All pupils should take a packed lunch as we will not be back to school for dinner time and can wear their PE uniform.
Pupils received an information letter and permission slip.
Today we said goodbye to Miss Yan and Ms Candice our Chinese teachers who have worked with us this year in St Mary’s. We wish them both a safe return journey to China. Thank you and best wishes to Yan and Candice from all in St Mary’s.
Primary 3/4 had their final Chinese lesson on Thursday with Miss Yan. The children were learning how to use chopsticks. It’s not as easy as it looks! We have thoroughly enjoyed having Miss Yan in our school and classroom and we will sincerely miss her.
It was lovely to welcome back 5 of last Year’s P 7 Group to receive certificates recognising their success in the prestigious Y.C.T (Youth Chinese Test), Level 1. We were delighted to welcome Yan Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute based at the University of Ulster to make the presentations.
The test requires students to read and write in Mandarin and the girls far surpassed the required 120 pass mark! Well done and a big thank you to Miss Candice for preparing them so well. We wish you all the best in your new schools girls and hope that the experience of learning a second language at St. Mary’s will stand to you, in your studies ahead.
We are delighted to announce that Yan Liu, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster, will present Past Pupils who sat the prestigious YCT Level 1 Mandarin exam in 2017 with their certificates of achievement on Wednesday 31st January.
During this very special occasion P6 and P7 pupils will launch the 2018 celebrations of Chinese New Year of the Dog in St Mary’s when they will entertain their audience with very special performances of Chinese and Irish poetry, song and dance.
Click on the links below to listen to a sample of the Chinese music which will be performed on the night.