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St Augustine's Catholic Primary School

Following Jesus, our school family shows love and respect for one another and the world around us.

Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG2 6RG
Enquiries to be addressed to Mrs Brogan in the Infant Office

02085 541919


Mandarin at st augustine's school


Mandarin is the school’s choice of modern foreign language.


Why Mandarin?

Mandarin is one of the fastest growing language spoken in the world and China’s economy is one the biggest in the world, hence there is a great opportunity of the wider wold exploration.  In St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary, we aim to prepare and empower our children to aspire high, including experiencing and exploring a culture different to their.

Teaching and Learning

Pupils from Year 2 to 6, learn mandarin 45 minutes every week. Joanna Zenghui, who has an extensive experience in Chinese Opera, teaches the mandarin lessons. Not only do children learn mandarin as a language, they are taught Chinese arts, calligraphy, dance, instruments and Chinese cultures. The school is well-resourced due to the collaboration with the Confucius Institute, Queen Mary University, London.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are two different extra-curricular activities (After-school Chinese Arts club and Lunchtime Mandarin club)which takes place in the school’s Confucius Classroom (opened in September 2019).

Children have also had several opportunities to attend and perform at some Chinese events at different theatres.

Cultural Exchange

The school is currently involved in a cultural exchange with Chinese schools. In July 2019, twenty-one students spent one week in our school, with an intended visit to China by St. Augustine’s pupils in 2020.