Structure of the Department
The Mandarin department in St. Joseph's College takes full responsibility to teach Chinese language and promote Chinese culture to all of its students. The department is working towards becoming the centre of excellence for Mandarin in this area.
Responsibility of the Department
To develop the international link with Shanghai Changzheng secondary school in China;
To extend work with feeder primary schools through existing links;
To develop St Joseph's College to be the centre of Chinese teaching in the area;
To develop links with Chinese business based in London;
To work with Goldsmiths and link schools to build capacity of Mandarin teachers in the UK.
To work with local community for greater awareness of Chinese culture and community cohesion
Strengths of the department
Excellent GCSE exam result;
Excellent Asset Languages exam result;
Highest popularity in the area with 470 students learning Mandarin in the curriculum;
Great success in organising school trips to China (4 China trips have taken place);
Fast development in national and international school links;
It enables the students to be able to be aware of the numerous opportunities that are available to work with China and the Chinese people for the mutual benefit of both peoples.
Department development plan
To keep the outstanding exam results in GCSE;
To bring out good results in KS5;
To obtain Confucius Classroom Status;
To expand our capacity and meet the demand within the school and the local community;
To open new Mandarin clubs in local schools;
To run X-curricular projects with international partners.
Ethos of the department
The Mandarin Department is committed and determined to develop Mandarin and Chinese culture in London. It aims at becoming the centre of excellence for Mandarin in its area, working towards greater harmony and social cohesion.
Relation to the rest of the school
The Mandarin Department works closely with the rest of the school on a daily basis.
It participates in various X-curricular projects.
It contributes to social diversity and community cohesion.
It is a main participate in International Education Week, Global Awareness Week, Chinese New Year Celebration, etc.
Other relevant information
The department aims to take the lead, locally and nationally, in promotion of the teaching of Mandarin and Chinese Culture, to all sections of the community. This will help towards social cohesion and deeper understanding of international affairs.
Ms. J. Xiao - Head of Mandarin.