The Confucius Classroom at Holy Cross Catholic School
A Confucius Classroom was established at Holy Cross Catholic School in 2010. Confucius Classrooms are clusters of schools, which receive funding from Hanban in China and are managed by the Confucius Institute at Auckland University. Henderson North Primary and St. Dominic’s College are the other schools in the cluster.
Apart from funding, Hanban provides the cluster with teaching material and resources such as Chinese costumes, which can be borrowed by the cluster from the Confucius Institute.
Being a Confucius Classroom provides students at Holy Cross, St. Dominic’s College and Henderson North with the support of a Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA). The MLA supports the teacher teaching Mandarin or in some cases takes the Mandarin lesson with the support of the teacher. Since 2010 the Holy Cross cluster has been blessed with some very talented MLA’s who have enjoyed sharing their culture with our students. They have taught our students paper- cutting, taiji, kungfu, cooking, calligraphy, fan dancing, games and popular songs.
As New Zealand continues to strengthen its trading relationships with China, at Holy Cross we feel this opportunity to learn about China is invaluable.
Room 17 enjoyed making lanterns with Shu laoshi to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
On Wednesday the 20th of September, 2017, we held our Chinese culture day. St Dominics College and Henderson North School joined us on the day. There were a variety of activities which the children took part in such as cooking, table tennis, Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and games. It was a huge success and the students had lots of fun.