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Adelaide’s first Bilingual school announced!

The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide wishes to congratulate William Light R-12 School for being chosen as South Australia’s first bilingual school.

The program will begin next year when the school’s Year 3s begin lessons taught in a fully bilingual environment with the mode of instruction in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

The Confucius Institute has been working with William Light R-12 for a number of years already in supporting the school’s Chinese language and cultural programs and look forward to continuing this collaboration.

William Light students made Peking Opera masks in their Chinese cultural studies class taught by the CI

William Light students made Peking Opera masks in their Chinese cultural studies class taught by the Confucius Institute

Much credit is to be given to Premier Jay Weatherill and the government of South Australia for acting upon the Confucius Institute’s 2014 recommendation that a Chinese bilingual school should be established in South Australia and we are confident that the new bilingual school will provide South Australia with China-literate graduates ready to take our state forward.

This announcement further builds upon the MoU signed with the SA Department of Education and the work the Confucius Institute has been doing with over 50 schools and thousands of students all across the state.

Since establishment in 2007, the Confucius Institute has helped over 20 sister school relationships to be established between SA and schools in China, with the vast majority in our sister province of Shandong through our close partnership with one of China’s highest ranking universities in Shandong University. This is in addition to the establishment of the Confucius Classroom in Salisbury High School as well as annual China study tours that have seen over 100 South Australian teachers and school leaders take part.

The 2016 China school leaders and teacher study tours are departing for China on April 16 immediately after the Premier’s business mission and are also part of this year’s 30 year sister state relationship celebrations between SA and Shandong.

For more information on the Confucius Institute’s education programs contact Priscilla Corbell at Priscilla.Corbell@adelaide.edu.au.

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