"I would like to thank all of the students involved and Edge Hill University for organising such an eventful and exiting day and Swire for their generously funding towards the trip."

新年快乐 Miss Behrens and Mr Li
"My favourite part was the Kung fu because I learnt how to defend myself."

"I loved dressing up in the traditional Chinese clothes! The food there was amazing, too."

"I enjoyed doing the crafts and going around the different stalls with my friends and trying the different foods."

"I really enjoyed the food and going the Chinese knots with my friends."

"I liked painting the panda and the Kung fu lesson."




Paula Wilkinson, St Andrews

Chinese New Year Performance

It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to enjoy such a diverse range of Chinese skills and talents, especially in the North West of England, where shows of this calibre are very rare.  The chance to see traditional crafts being demonstrated at close quarters on arrival (and in such a friendly and gracious way!) was a lovely way of welcoming guests immediately into a different culture and atmosphere, as was offering hospitality in the form of dim sum.  We also approved of the inclusion of some English students, as this emphasized the valuable links the Confucius Institute continues to build with the local community.  The show itself was worthy of a 5 star rating – such variety, and such high levels of competence, imagination and creativity.  We had never seen the making of dough figures and knots showcased in this way, and that was a joy to watch.  It feels a bit unfair to single out one act, when everything was so good, but, though we have seen Mask Changing several times, we have never seen the performer put one back on, so that was the highlight!!  An evening which was both educational AND entertaining!

Anne & Gordon Collison

Chinese New Year Workshops

A very educational morning of fun.  Henry was enthusiastic, and delivered the story of why the New Years are named after the 12 animals.  He was passionate, and had lots of activities for the children to engage in.

Angela England, Early Years Teacher at Green Park School

The children of Melling Primary thoroughly enjoyed their time with Isabel.  They managed to get a real flavour of the culture of China. The lanterns and Monkey masks were a real hit!  Many many thanks!

Viv Ainsworth-Brown, Head Teacher at Melling Primary School

Children loved the experience and teachers said it was great.  Always lovely to bring different experiences into the school.

Pete Chapman, Head Teacher St Georges Primary School

Professional Performance – Beauty of WuShu

What a fabulous evening we had  It was very memorable.
Thank you so much for your hospitality and please pass our thanks onto your staff and volunteers. They are lovely and such a credit to the Confucius Institute.

Mayor of West Lancashire,  Councillor Nikki Hennessy, Lead Member for Schools

A fabulous evening!  Many thanks

Fantastic, exciting and beautiful.  An excellent performance.

An amazing performance and insight into Chinese culture.  Thank you!

An incredible experience, thank you so much.

Mandarin Classes

I decided to take up Chinese Mandarin as my minor because as a Teacher trainee MFL student I am fascinated by any language and culture which is different to my own, having the opportunity to do this at university was a venture I could not let pass. As the biggest growing economy in the world there is an inevitable global shift about to happen and I intend to be at the forefront.

After a taste of the course I realised that to be able to teach competently I would have to work very hard. It is a difficult language, yet so fascinating and rewarding. A family member forwarded me a link to The British Council’s Generation UK, which offered scholarships to graduates and undergraduates to study in China at a university for one year as an international student. Two months after filling in the forms I got accepted and I am now excited and apprehensive but absolutely ready to immerse myself in this new venture.

When I complete my degree I intend to do my NQT year here in the UK, so I can then apply for jobs as an International Teacher.


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