Monday was an exciting day in the history of the school. Shane met with Mr Wei from the Chinese Embassy to formally sign a document entering us into a partnership with Hanban for a Mandarin teacher, with the government of China. We are hoping our new teacher will join us at the beginning of 2012.
Oakhill School has for some time now been living its vision to prepare young men and women for life and the real world beyond school. Oakhill has also always been an innovative and forward looking school and we are pleased to announce a partnership between Oakhill and the Chinese Embassy which will enable us to teach a course in Mandarin and Chinese History and Culture.
China is the world’s fastest growing economy and could be the world’s largest economy by 2040. This partnership will inevitably allow the young men and women of Oakhill to experience the richness of the 5,000 year old Chinese culture and history both in the classroom and also on tours to China.
Oakhill will also be building a partnership with a school in China which will enable us to experience first-hand this wonderfully diverse and culturally rich country. Oakhill is only one of five schools who have been awarded this partnership with the education department in China and we are proud to have been selected. I have no doubt that the young men and women of Knysna will benefit from this exchange.