Wenqin troupe helps Weld Square PS celebrate


Wenqin performers entertain the school community.
Wenqin performers entertain the school community.

ABOUT 200 students and family members from Weld Square Primary School celebrated five years since its Chinese program was introduced with a traditional musical performance on February 17.

The Wenqin troupe delivered an hour-long performance with traditional Chinese instruments.

Principal Glen Cookson said it was the first time that the students had seen or heard the instruments.

“The performance was a fantastic opportunity for students to achieve curriculum learning objectives in a memorable and engaging manner,” he said. “The Wenqin troupe is only here for a short time… most of the troupe performers are post-graduate university students with a love of music and performance.

“Once this tour is over they will go back to China and complete their studies in a range of disciplines from engineering to medicine.”

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Mr Cook said the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia supported the school’s Chinese program.

“Students have access to Mandarin-speaking language assistants and enjoy an experiential Chinese culture program,” he said.

“The Confucius Institute provides special workshops and whole-day excursions to help students understand more about Chinese culture, as well as develop Mandarin language skills.”

Cooking and dance are popular lessons, he said.