Chinese Ambassador donates to Orion Academy

Students in Chinese Language Class at Orion Academy
Students in Chinese Language Class at Orion Academy

On Friday December 6, 2013, the Chinese Ambassador to Dominica, Wang Zonglai, paid a visit to Orion Academy.  During his visit, a number of boxes with resource materials were donated to help facilitate the teaching and learning of the Chinese Language and Culture at the school.

According to a release from the school, the Ambassador noted that “providing Dominican students an opportunity to study Chinese is very beneficial to the further development of the relations between China and Dominica”.

He also announced that the Chinese Embassy will present an award every year for best performance in the Chinese language among the students of the Orion Academy, the release states.

It adds that Orion Academy is a melting pot of nationalities, culture and ethnicity where  students, parents and teachers are able to speak a variety of languages  including, French, Spanish,  German, Swedish, Arabic and Chinese.

“As part of the school’s vision and philosophy to cater to the needs and interest of all students, it was realized that it is necessary and important to teach and encourage students to speak a range of languages that will help them to become ‘international individuals.’ At present, the school offers courses in five different languages including Spanish, French , English, German and Chinese,” Orion said in its release.

There are currently two Chinese language teachers at the school and other resources persons who are committed to the program. The Chinese Language course seeks to enable students to achieve a high level of fluency, accuracy and confidence in their ability to communicate in the language.

“Orion Academy is pleased to be collaborating with the Chinese Embassy , leading and setting the stage for the teaching of the Chinese Language and Culture on the island of Dominica,” the release from the school concludes

Meanwhile the board of trustees, principal and staff of Orion Academy has thanked all the sponsors and artists who made the school’s Jazz by the river event a success on Saturday, 30th November 2013.

Jazz by the river is a fundraising production “geared at helping the school to raise funds in order to meet its obligations and maintain its standard of quality education as a private secondary school on the island.”

“Funds raised, generally help the school to continue to cater to its student body through a student centered approach where the needs and interests of the students are the most vital aspects on which teaching strategies are based,” the school stated in its release.

This year was the third time that the event was staged and “was coined ‘Jazz by the river’ as it is a musical extravaganza of enchanting Jazz rhythms, which is held  on the school’s beautiful river side grounds at Bath Estate.  Jazz by the river is supported by various business and institutions on the island who grant sponsorship and a number of local artists who have a love and appreciation for Jazz music.

Artists who performed at the event included; Marvin Marie  & 8th Note Jazz Band, Hilbert Alexander, Jay Grimner, Gelena Fontaine, Elisha Benoit, Hilbert Alexander, Lady S and Caribbean Vibes Combo.

This is expected to be an annual fund raising event at the school.

One of the performers at Orion Academy's Jazz By The River
One of the performers at Orion Academy’s Jazz By The River

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5 Comments

  1. jane messam
    December 9, 2013

    Well done – I think it is very important for different languages to be taught in schools. This is the 21st century and Domininic needs to get to grips otherwise we will be left behind in every way.

  2. John
    December 9, 2013

    First step in making a country one of your colonies, encourage them to learn the Chinese language and give them vast amounts of money you know they will never be able to pay back. Whats next a Navy Base at Portsmouth? To counter the US Navy Base in Cuba?The Dominica politicians are selling the whole island to China little by little with the ultimate goal of establishing a Chinese colony right in the middle of the Caribbean island chain.They already have one foot in the door all they have to do is give it one swift kick and break it down.

  3. December 9, 2013

    This is a very good idea because speaking many languages can be beneficial to any one…none the less english and creole are the 2 official languages that we speak in dominica and i can tell you that it needs some good revision because almost 70% of the population speak and write what we usually call “broken english”.I am not referring to people who cannot read and write ;even those who have been to high school and teachers , speak over the top “broken english” they need some good help …

  4. December 8, 2013

    Congratulations to the effort of bringing different languages on the Island. Students will no longer have to go abroad to study foreign languages.

    Students must make the most of this opportunity.

  5. thiny
    December 8, 2013

    Teaching/ learning of a foreign language should begin in kindergarten…..anyways good gesture

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