The Loreto Bray Chinese Studies Programme started in September 2007 and now offers Mandarin Chinese classes to first, second, third and fourth year students. The programme is sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. The Confucius Institute works with the Irish government, businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Ireland and China.
Loreto Bray is privileged to work with the UCD Confucius Institute and to offer our students what we believe is a wonderful opportunity to learn about China and to study Mandarin Chinese.
The Confucius Institute provides native Chinese speakers to teach Chinese language and culture classes to our students.
In addition to their language classes our students are presented with opportunities to experiment with Chinese cookery, paper cutting, calligraphy and many other activities.
Over the past four years our students have been privileged to perform on stage – singing and reciting Chinese poetry – in the O’Reilly Hall (UCD) and the National Concert Hall (Dublin). A group of nineteen Transition Year students have recently returned from China where they were guests of the Confucius Institute. The girls performed a Chinese song as part of the Fifth Confucius Institute Gala performance. The show was broadcast on Chinese National television to an audience of over one billion people.
Our students have successfully taken the YCT (Young Learners Chinese Test) examinations and many of the participants in our Chinese Studies Programme have expressed the desire to include Chinese Studies as part of their third level studies when they leave Loreto Bray.
On Friday, 26th March 2010 Loreto Bray was honoured to welcome the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Liu Biwei and the President of University College Dublin, Dr. Hugh Brady came to our school to officially launch our Confucius Classroom – the first ever secondary level Confucius Classroom in Ireland. In his address, His Excellency, Mr. Liu Biwei congratulated Loreto Bray on the success of its Chinese Studies Programme and welcomed the opportunity to launch the first Irish second level Confucius Classroom. During his address, Dr. Brady spoke of the growing importance of China on the world stage and of the increasing interest in the study of Chinese at third level. He welcomed the Loreto Bray Chinese Studies Programme as a forward thinking initiative and congratulated the students on their progress to date.
On Wednesday 5 December, Dr Liming Wang presented four Sixth Year Loreto students, Rachel Ball, Róisín Finnerty, Jenny Murphy and Gillian Tracey, with certificates from the Confucius Institute for Ireland(UCD) to acknowledge their six years of Chinese study. During the ceremony, there were three cultural demonstrations – traditional Chinese musical instrument (Guzheng), Chinese tea ceremony and Chinese painting and caligraphy.
The students greatly enjoyed the afternoon and found it very emotional.
Chinese Bridge Competition 2014
Chloe Shortall from Sixth Year came second overall and won a two week scholarship to study Chinese in China next October.