2018 SA School Principal’s China Tour a great success!

During the recent school holidays the Confucius Institute ran a China study tour for school leaders and principals. This was the 12th time (in 11 years) that our institute has run this tour, and its successes have continued in 2018.

Taking school leaders from 5 schools in SA as well as staff from the Catholic Education office of SA, the program is designed to foster a deeper understanding of modern China, while serving as an introduction the the Chinese education system.

Sharon Illingworth

Sharon Illingworth (Plympton International) presents at the Aus-China Principal’s Forum in Weifang

Over an 11 day program, school leaders visited the cities of Shanghai, Weifang, Qufu, Jinan and Beijing, making important connections with several Chinese schools and participating in a broad program that allowed information sharing, cultural exchange, school visits, and academic forums.

Included in the program was the 8th China-Australia Principal’s Forum, a great opportunity for cooperation, collaboration and information exchange between Australian and Chinese school leaders. Held in the city of Weifang, the forum included presentations from Plympton International College’s Director of Secondary Education Sharon Illingworth, Principal of St Mark’s College, Greg Hay and Senior Education Advisor from Catholic Education SA, Anna Mirasgentis.

While in Weifang Principal Hay also signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding with the Headmaster from Weifang Foreign Langauge School, promising to pursue a greater connection and working towards a potential sister school agreement that could allow student’s from China, to visit St Mark’s College in Port Pirie.

Other highlights of the tour included visits to Plympton International College and Cardijin Colleges’ sister schools, a lecture in Qufu about Confucianism and its influence on modern China, and more Chinese banquets than anyone could ever hope to eat!

The tour will run again in 2019, if your interested in joining please register your interest by emailing

More images of the tour follow:

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