Students at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School added to their skill set after receiving Mandarin lessons in a project funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.
Bishop Challoner’s idea is to mirror the most successful school in England, Brighton College in East Sussex, by making Mandarin Chinese a compulsory subject.
Head of Year 9 Stella Campbell said, “The move reflects China’s position as the fastest-growing economy in the world. One of our key tasks is to make sure pupils at Bishop Challoner are equipped for the realities of the 21st Century. I wish our pupils to be well placed to thrive in a changing world.”
Over the course of a year, Chinese will become a secure addition to Bishop Challoner’s Core Curriculum. The project, which has been supported by a £500 Small Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation, employs 3 Chinese tutors to work with 15 pupils each over a ten week period. As a result, the language is seen on a level par with the more traditional options of French, German and Spanish.
A number of high achieving pupils will also complete a cross-curricular project in computer programming and App design, to complement the Mandarin tuition.
Harry Shepherd, from the Jack Petchey Foundation said, "Learning a language is a fundemental skill for all young people. Though its a little sad to neglect French and German, it makes sense that Chinese and Spanish are incorporated more and more, as they, as well as English, are the languages of the future."
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