It has been a very exciting year for Chinese at Anglo European School. With the support of our Hanban teachers, the Chinese department has continued to run Chinese language and culture lessons at a number of local Primary and Secondary Schools; including St Martin’s School, Buttsbury Junior School, Widford Lodge Preparatory School, and Ingatestone and Fryerning Junior School, where we helped pioneer a new module on the Shang Dynasty as part of their KS2 curriculum.
In school, we ran our first ever Sixth Form Chinese Enrichment Day, in which we explored 20th Century Chinese history through film. We have also run Chinese enrichment days for Year 7 students, who enjoyed a Chinese film study day, as well as language taster lessons, Chinese drumming, calligraphy, origami, tai ch’i, and dumpling making workshops. Year 8 and Year 9 students extended their understanding of Chinese culture through a study visit to the British Museum and Chinatown, and a Chinese Film Study Day at the British Film Institute. We ran a very successful exchange trip for Year 10 and Lower Sixth students to visit our Partner Schools in Jiangsu Province, and we were also very honoured to host a delegation of Headteachers from Jiangsu Province in October with the Essex-Jiangsu Centre for a forum on teaching Chinese in the UK and productive school partnerships.
In June, we were delighted to find out that Anglo European School will be one of 14 schools in the country and only 2 comprehensives to start the Mandarin Excellence Programme this September. The Mandarin Excellence Programme is a new nationwide intensive language programme funded by the Department for Education. With the support of the British Council and the UCL Institute of Education, Anglo European School will be at the forefront of delivering the ground breaking programme. For the next five years, one Year 7 form group will study Chinese for four hours a week on timetable until the end of Year 11. The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020 and will include intensive language learning, emersion courses in China and UK Universities as well as Enrichment activities at AES.