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Confucius Institute Community Activity at local School

On Monday July 8th, the Confucius institute at Newcastle University participated in a community charity event at Oakfield Junior School, Gateshead.

‌On Monday July 8th, the Confucius institute at Newcastle University participated in a community charity event at Oakfield Primary School. Oakfield is a vibrant school based in Gateshead. Their pupils are aged between 4 and 11 years old.  

We have worked with Oakfield School on Chinese festival culture in the past and have a good relationship with the School and its staff and students. However, this is the first time for the Confucius Institute to participate in the community collective activity at Oakfield School in 2019. The purpose of the activity was to make charitable donations by selling handmade products made by various participants.

In the afternoon, many people participated in the activity and made various handmade products. The Confucius Institute prepared three parts: writing names in calligraphy, paper-cutting, and hand-made lanterns.

Dr. Pan wrote Chinese characters according to the pronunciation of students' names, Lilly and her students did paper cutting and Eric made a lantern.

The Confucius institute introduced traditional Chinese handicrafts to the local people through this activity. Students and parents showed great interest in these handicrafts with Chinese characteristics, and had a great experience by make something together. We hope that we can make more students interested in Chinese, and then go into the classroom to teach Mandarin.

Dr Pan Wei Chinese Characters

published on: 17 July 2019