Chinese Ambassador to Australia visits Confucius Classroom
On July 25, the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, paid a visit to the Confucius Institute at UNSW’s flagship Confucius Classroom at Ravenswood School for Girls. The ambassador was accompanied by his wife, Minister-Counsellor Xu Xiao from the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, and Consul Liu Jianbo from the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney.
Ambassador Cheng spoke highly of the school’s achievements in improving student education, as well as the efforts in promoting Chinese teaching through the Confucius Classroom. Citing Ravenswood’s history of distinguished relations with Chinese First Lady, Madame Peng Liyuan, visiting the school and the return visit to Beijing made by students and teachers, Ambassador Cheng expressed his hope and support for further cultural exchange between China and Australia.
Principal of Ravenswood, Mrs Anne Johnstone, voiced similar enthusiasm for further cooperation and exchanges with Chinese sister schools. With continued interest of students in learning Mandarin, the school supports the development of Chinese teaching and the Confucius Classroom.
Seeing the Confucius Classroom in action, Ambassador Cheng joined students in a lesson on Chinese folk music and presented the class with Chinese learning materials to assist them in their studies.
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