On the 30th of October the Confucius Institute delivered workshops on Chinese calligraphy to year 9 Chinese language students at Thornbury High School to engage local schools and students and to encourage the students to further their knowledge of China. The workshops contributed to a day of cultural activities coordinated by the school and consisted of demonstrations, multimedia presentations, an introduction to the tools used for calligraphy, and student-focused activities.
The workshops culminated in a competition with students demonstrating skill in writing simplified Chinese characters and producing some impressive calligraphy for first-time users of traditional brush and ink. The top five artworks judged from this competition were awarded prizes. Both students and teachers enjoyed the workshops and provided very positive feedback and the La Trobe Confucius Institute looks forward to further collaborations and events with Thornbury High School.