East Ren kids fluent in Chinese culture

CULTURAL kids from across East Renfrewshire celebrated all things oriental at an end of summer term showcase event.

The occasion was a chance to showcase the schools programme in Chinese language and culture, and pupils demonstrated what they have learned through dance, song and mime.

Fellow pupils, parents and teachers attended and were treated to oriental delicacies, as well as being offered the chance to take part in Chinese culture workshops.

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The event was held at St Ninian’s high, home of the Confucius classroom hub, where youngsters from Williamwood, Mearns Castle and associated primaries were also able to be involved.

The project is part of a partnership between the Scottish and Chinese governments, offering young people the chance to learn Mandarin, and important cultural aspects of the other country.

The East Ren Confucius hub was set up three years ago, with financial support from the Chinese Ministry of Education, which also provides a seconded teacher.

The opportunity has proved very popular, with primary seven and S1 and S2 pupils taking part in taster sessions, and senior students able to take SQA exams in the language.