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.
Congratulations to our very excited P6 pupil on having won first prize in a very prestigious Art Competition run by the Confucius Institution at the University of Ulster. This competition was open to all pupils learning Chinese Mandarin through the Confucius Classroom Hubs and her winning poster designed to advertise the Chinese New Year 2017, “The Year of the Rooster”, was chosen from a staggering 3,500 entries from Primary and Post Primary schools across Northern Ireland. It will be commercially replicated to advertise the NI Chinese New Year Celebrations. Her prize includes two vouchers from Waterstones, one for herself and one for her class, as well as an invite to the Mac Theatre in Belfast to join the Chinese New Year Celebrations.