A wonderful event was held in Saint Mary’s Primary School, Teemore, recently, to celebrate the school’s participation in Mandarin Chinese tuition, which is organised by the Confucius Institute at the University of Ulster (CIUU), and, more locally, by the SWC Confucius Hub.

As part of the CIUU’s Chinese New Year celebrations, a Poster Competition was organised throughout schools from all six counties, and Saint Mary’s were delighted to learn that three of their pupils achieved success in this, with their award-winning portrayals and interpretations of The Year of the Dog.

Primary Four pupil, Mia Coyle, was awarded an outstanding First Place in the Key Stage One Category, whilst Eimear Maguire, (Primary Three), and Ciara McGregor, (Primary Seven), received impressive Highly-Commended commendations for their pieces in the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two categories, respectively.

A celebratory gathering and presentation took place in the school to present the girls with their awards, and Mrs Ita Jordan, School Principal, was delighted to welcome Mia and Eimear, along with their parents, grandparents and other family members; staff and tutors from the Confucius Institute, and the whole school community, to the celebrations. (Unfortunately, Ciara was not able to be present on the morning).

Mia Coyle, with her First Place award-winning piece! Pictured helping Mia to celebrate, are:

(l to r) Fiona McGrath, Project Manager at CIUU; Yu Tianyu, CIUU; Mia’s father, Adrian; Ita Jordan, Principal, St Mary’s, and Geng Zhao, Mandarin Chinese Tutor



Year Three pupil, Eimear Maguire, with her prize-winning portrayal of The Year of the Dog! Joining Eimear to express their congratulations and pride are (l to r): Fiona McGrath, Project Manager, CIUU; Yu Tianyu, CIUU; Eimear’s delighted and proud grandmother, Rosaleen, and mother, Gabrielle; Ita Jordan, Principal, and Geng Zhao, Mandarin Chinese Tutor