Last Tuesday August 30, Consul General Henry Rao paid a visit to William Light R-12 with The Confucius Institute’s Chinese Director, Professor Yixiao Xiang.
As part of the visit, The School Principal Linda Richardson, explained how the school would adapt to the start of bilingual teaching next year. Starting at the beginning of the school year in 2017, Year 3 students will have half of their classes taught in Mandarin Chinese. Additional years will be added to the program every subsequent year.
Principal Richardson along with her 3 deputies, and Chinese language teacher explained the schools current situation; located around 8 km South West of Adelaide’s city centre the school combines both a primary and senior school on the one campus. With a total number of students around 400 in number, the school is a relatively small one, but has lots of room to grow.
In 2015 the Confucius Institute nominated the school to receive a ‘Confucius Classroom’ a special classroom designed to help facilitate Chinese language instruction at the school, and this week the school will launch that classroom with a Chinese Celebration on Friday September 9. As part of the celebration the official classroom plaque will be presented to the school.
It is fitting that William Light will be the second school in South Australia to host a ‘Confucius Classroom’ as it goes on to be the first bilingual school in South Australia, and one of only a few in Australia.