The launch of the Confucius Classroom has marked an auspicious development of Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School's Chinese language education, and to celebrate the official launch students from Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School delivered Chinese dance and Chinese songs.
Dignitaries from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Melbourne, and La Trobe University were in attendance and Professor Nick Bisley, the director of La Trobe Asia, remarked the importance of such a program which brings together schools, universities and government from Australia and China. Such a collaboration works to improve people-to-people links between our two countries.
Chinese is the second most common language spoken in Australia after English and Confucius Classrooms work to promote the study of Chinese language and culture. Since 2007 China has been Australia's number one trade partner, accounting for nearly one third of two-way trade.
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School is an independent day school for girls, located in Ivanhoe, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. Established in 1903, the School was incorporated as Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School in 1923 and has a proud, 110 year tradition of providing excellence in education for girls. Over 40 years ago, in the 1970's, Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School was one of the first schools in Australia to offer the study of Chinese as a compulsory component of the Year 7 and Year 8 core curriculum. Since then many students have achieved excellent results in VCE and have gone on to use Chinese in their careers. In recent years, four Year 12 students have won Hanban scholarships to study in China.