Some of our pupils are now learning Chinese and I wanted to let you know a little bit more about it.  We are very fortunate to have linked up with the Swire Chinese Centre in Newcastle (we’re their first Gateshead primary school!) which is part of a cultural project funded by the Chinese government.  Being part of the project means that a Chinese teacher – Mrs Meng-Birkett – comes to school for an afternoon every week and teaches both Year 2 and Year 5 basic Mandarin.  She is also running a Chinese Club after school on a Thursday, in which children learn more about China and also learn basic phrases and conversation in Mandarin.  I’m delighted we have been able to access this opportunity for the children and the intention is that it will run over at least two years.  Keep an eye on Twitter for updates over the coming term!

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