ST Stephen’s School in Carramar will be the first school in WA to host Chinese Proficiency HSK testing in partnership with the Perth Beijing Chinese School.
The first 25 candidates will complete their exam on December 3 through a partnership with the Perth Beijing Chinese School.
“The Chinese language is so important to learn for the 21st century, especially over the next 10 years as the ties with China and Australia strengthen,” Perth Beijing School director Alex Shi said.
Mr Shi teaches the HSK Teaching curriculum in line with the standards of the Confucius Institute in China.
He has about 65 regular adult students, ranging from people wanting to learn the language to business owners aiming for proficiency in the Mandarin language and Chinese culture.
The Perth Beijing Chinese School offers HSK learning and testing for levels 1 to 3.
“At this level students can communicate in Chinese at a basic level,” Mr Shi said.
St Stephen’s School principal Mrs Donella Beare welcomed the partnership with the Perth Beijing Chinese School.
“We are always looking to support ways of learning at St Stephen’s School and the fact that the HSK testing allows life-long learning was appealing to us,” she said.