Catholic schools say ni hao to sister school in China
THREE Catholic schools on the Fraser Coast can now call the Tianjin University Primary School in China their sister school, with the view of making the Fraser Coast into a hub to bring Chinese educators.
Xavier Catholic College, St Mary's Primary School and Star of the Sea Primary teamed up to send a group of 20 teachers to Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin in the last school holidays.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School principal Nathan Wilson said the school now hoped to begin a teacher exchange program thanks to the success of the trip.
He said the school would also look to begin parent and student trips to China in 2015-16 for Year Six students.
Mr Wilson said the trip had made it clear learning Chinese was the way forward for students on the Fraser Coast.
"It really opened up my eyes," he said of the trip.
The three catholic primary schools are among the first regional schools in Queensland to receive funding from the University of Queensland's Confucius Institute.
Mr Wilson said the partnership between the schools and the university would mean greater resources and incentives for visiting Chinese teachers.
"It is a fairly big opportunity for the Fraser Coast," he said.