Mastering Mandarin... at seven!

Prize winning Adrienne Meagher with Professor Zixin Hu, Chinese Director of UCLan's Confucius Institute.
Prize winning Adrienne Meagher with Professor Zixin Hu, Chinese Director of UCLan's Confucius Institute.

A TALENTED seven-year-old schoolgirl has won first prize in a Mandarin Chinese Speech Competition held at the University of Central Lancashire’s Confucius Institute. Adrienne Meagher, a pupil at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, recited the Chinese poem “Good Manners”, competing against 10 other students in her category, all from secondary schools!

Adrienne has lessons in Mandarin at her school – the prep school to Stonyhurst College – and has been learning the language since she was five.

Her Headmaster, Mr Larry Crouch, said: “We are very proud of Adrienne’s achievement in winning this award. It is clear that a knowledge of Chinese is a distinct advantage in the 21st Century and we are encouraging our youngest children to learn the language at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall.”

The UCLan Confucius Institute aims to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the UK by working closely with schools and colleges in the region.