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Cardiff Sixth Formers are treated to a China Week

04 August 2009

Sixth Formers from Cathays High School were joined by staff from the Confucius Institute at Cardiff University for a special week-long series of workshops in Chinese language and culture.

The students received intensive training in Mandarin Chinese and various aspects of Chinese culture. These include calligraphy, Taiji and traditional cooking.

The week concluded with Cathays High School and the Confucius Institute joining students from nine other Welsh schools to participate in the 10th Welsh International Dimension in Education (WIDE) Award Day. This annual event, organized by the British Council Wales with support from Welsh Assembly Government, enabled the award-winning schools to share a full day of Chinese Cultural activities. The week’s events contributed towards the sixth formers’ Welsh Baccalaureate programme

Ali Chishti, Community Languages teacher at the school, said: "The length of the sessions was perfect, it kept pupils engaged. Pupils gained a greater understanding and appreciation of Chinese Culture and Language. It was an excellent, well planned week."

One of the pupils, Ilwad Younis, said: "I really enjoyed learning to write with Chinese Calligraphy and practicing with my own name. I also enjoyed learning the actual language of Chinese and having short conversations with my peers. Taiji is something I also really enjoyed."

Professor Siyi Fu, the Educational Director of the Confucius Institute at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: "The ‘China week’ was a pilot programme targeted at secondary school pupils involving 30 sixth-formers. It proved a great success, and it is expected that similar events will be organized for more local schools next year."

For further information on the Confucius Institute’s work with schools please visit or ring 029 2087 0000 or email

1. Cardiff Confucius Institute

Cardiff Confucius Institute is part of Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. It offers courses in Chinese language and culture and also short courses and training sessions about China for business people and professionals. For further details visit: or contact Professor Siyi Fu at , Tel: (029)2087 0000.

2.Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at:

Scott Andrews

Cardiff Confucius Institute

Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 876053


Stephen Rouse,

Public Relations Office,

Cardiff University.

Tel: 029 2087 4499