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Chinese Day

At the start of this year the Year 4-6 students from Machans Beach State School began weekly Mandarin lessons via the web with the Cairns School of Distance Education. This has been a great opportunity for our students to learn another language as well as gain valuable experience using online learning tools.
This month our students received a visit from their Chinese teacher along with two teachers from the Confucius Institute at Griffith University - a public educational organisation whose aim is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges.
Throughout the course of the day our students were introduced to the game of Chinese Chess, learnt about the Chinese Zodiac, cooked dumplings and participated in a lesson on Chinese Calligraphy.
It was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about another culture, as well as spend time face-to-face with their Chinese teacher, who they usually interact with over the web. Our students greatly enjoyed the day, and are looking forward to move visits in the future.