China's fine: Coffs Harbour High School students Jules Kidston, left, and Stephanie Hoad with specialist Chinese teacher Jane Wilson.
China's fine: Coffs Harbour High School students Jules Kidston, left, and Stephanie Hoad with specialist Chinese teacher Jane Wilson. Trevor Veale

Coffs High builds Chinese program

COFFS Harbour High School is fast becoming a regional hub for Chinese language studies.

The school community is on a high with this week’s announcement of a $20,000 federal government grant to develop its growing Chinese language program.

Principal Patti Kearns said the focus on China makes sense when you consider that nation is Australia’s biggest trading partner and an economic powerhouse.

“The grant will go towards developing the Chinese language skills of our students,” Ms Kearns said.

“We are currently the only school in the region offering students the opportunity to learn Chinese and we’re one of 122 schools Australia-wide to receive funding to develop programs which will increase local students’ skills in dealing with China.

“The grant means that the school will now be able to purchase equipment and resources and develop teaching programs, which will make it a centre for Mandarin and Asian studies in the region.”

Ms Kearns said the arrival of specialist Chinese teacher Jane Wilson had been a huge asset to the school, which also plans to install a Chinese garden and send students on trips to China.

Coffs High is also proud of its emphasis on European languages.



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