Confucius Classrooms

Scottish Confucius Classroom of the Year
Please click here to view an article announcing that the Confucius Institute for Scottish Schools has been successful in winning Global Confucius Classroom of the year. As part of this we have been awarded winners of the Scottish Confucius Classroom of the year and we are delighted to be part of this national and global success.


Congratulations to all those involved in promoting the Chinese language and culture across East Dunbartonshire.


St Ninian's High School is the host school for the East Dunbartonshire Council Confucius Classroom Hub.  We have been involved in many activities and events to encourage pupils in St Ninian's High School and other EDC schools to learn more about the Chinese culture and language.  The current Mandarin teacher is Miss Fong Liu, who has worked as part of this initiative on bringing more of the language to our S1-S6 pupils.

This year, we are joined by two teachers from Tianjin and this has allowed us to roll out the lessons in Madarin and Chinese culture to a large number of primary schools in the authority as well as some secondary schools.

Pupils are also able to join our Chinese Culture Lunch Clubs to learn more Chinese language and culture.  The clubs available now are: Mandarin Club, Chinese Singing Club, Traditional Chinese Dance Club, Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan Club and Chinese Calligraphy Club.






Some of our pupils were lucky enough to be picked to visit China as part of the Immersion programme in 2010.  Please click here to read an article prepared by those pupils describing their experience.

On Tuesday, 6th December 2011, Christopher McLeod, Dylan McCormick, Brooke Stirling, Eilidh Morrison and Jordan McElhaney took part in the HSBC/British Council's Mandarin Speaking Competition which took place in Newcastle University and they got through to the the final which took place in the British Museum on 10th February 2012.  There were 200 schools in the UK that participlated in this competition.  Please click here to read the article written by Christopher McLeod, and click here to read the article written by Brooke Stirling.

Each year St Ninian's High School celebrates the Chinese New Year.  Pupils study the way in which Chinese people celebrate this event. Please click here, here, here and here to read articles prepared by our pupils detailing the New Year traditions.  

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, on 30th January 2012, the school delivered different Chinese cultural workshops including Chinese Cooking, Chinese Ceramics, Calligraphy, Mask Making and Tai Chi.  In the afternoon we had a show which included the traditional Dragon Dance, various performances of traditional Chinese singing and dancing, a clothes show with many traditional Chinese garments, a musical and a song to welcome the two Pandas from China and Drama performances of traditional Chinese folk tales.  Mr Zhou Youbin, the Depute Consul General from the Edinburgh Chinese Consulate attended the event.  The day was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Chinese Opera Mask Painting and Calligraphy Workshops


Chinese Cooking and Tai Chi Workshops


Chinese Traditional Dancing performed by Miss Fong Liu and S2 pupils. The costumes were designed and made by the school Art Department.


Dragon Dance. The dragon was made by the school Art Department.


S1 pupils sing Chinese songs accompanied by Fong Liu and Eddie McGuire, and Fong Liu also performs a Peking Opera Song


Chinese Clothes Show performed by S3 pupils


Mr Zhou Youbin, the Deputy Counsul General from the Edinburgh Chinese Consulate attended the event.


Photograph Courtesy of Kirkintilloch Herald



China Summer Immersion
During the summer of 2013, three of our sixth year students– Julia O’Donnell, Rachael Kelly and Claire McGhee – attended a two and a half week Chinese Immersion course in Tianjin and Beijing organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools and Hanban.

The students began their journey in Beijing and spent their first three days sightseeing: they visited the Bird’s Nest Stadium, Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo. On the fourth day they travelled to Tianjin where they spent 10 days in the wonderful accommodation of Tianjin’s Foreign Studies University where they partook in Mandarin language and Chinese culture lessons. Some examples of the cultural lessons consist of the students making traditional Chinese fans and knots, painting opera masks, and bronzeware making.

In Tianjin the students visited our partner school, Tianjin Number 42 High School. The afternoon was spent touring the school and at night the students accompanied a pupil from the high school to experience authentic Chinese family living. Sixth year pupil Claire McGhee said “The experience was truly life changing”.

On the last day in Tianjin all 70 students from across Scotland sat a Mandarin listening and reading exam which they passed and gained an SQA qualification. The last 4 days were spent back in Beijing where the students visited The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and the traditional Pearl Market. Following the experience the student have decided to continue their Mandarin studies and aim to sit Intermediate 1 Mandarin this year.