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.”
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.