Sunmarke School Dubai is delighted to announce the opening of Dubai’s first school-based Chinese Academy and Cultural Centre. We are passionate about enriching our students’ knowledge of Chinese language and culture.
At Sunmarke School, we offer students the opportunity to develop their Mandarin skills to ensure they stand out when applying for the best universities and the most exciting jobs. We provide early years and Primary students with the opportunity to develop their linguistic abilities with the provision of native and non-native Mandarin classes.
Through fun and interactive activities, we enable non-native students to use their language in authentic contexts. We align our curriculum to the Sunmarke STEAM programme to provide meaningful and cross curricular engagement. We also provide personalised pathways that prepare the students to take the appropriate level of the Youth Chinese Tests to demonstrate their Chinese language aptitude.
Native Chinese students follow a course that equips them with the cultural knowledge and reading and writing ability to match the levels studied in a Primary school in China.
In addition to this, we are keen to develop our students’ cultural competencies through curriculum enrichment activities and an extensive range of after-school provision.
Students are able to deepen their language studies and learn Chinese dance, Mulan fan, dragon dance, arts and crafts, robotics and how to develop oral presentation skills in Chinese. We also have of weekend cultural activities where parents and children can together come to experience Chinese culture.
Our programme ensures that students embrace Chinese culture, enriching their lives a range personally and enhancing their cultural competencies. In this way, they are well prepared as global citizens to harness their skills to enter the international workforce.
Sunmarke School proudly announces the successful launch of the Sunmarke Mandarin Academy that took place on Thursday, February 8. The grand opening was part of the Fortes Signature Programme, demonstrating Fortes Education’s commitment to providing a diverse and holistic education. The introduction of the Sunmarke Mandarin Academy underlines the school’s belief in the importance of Mandarin learning and the celebration of Chinese culture in nurturing global citizens and changemakers of tomorrow. The Academy already has over 340 students learning Mandarin and plans to extend the programme to Year 6 next year and into Secondary School the following year. The school runs a native Mandarin programme after school, free of charge for parents, delivered by the Ni Hao Institute.
The grand opening was graced by esteemed guests including Mr Zhou Biao, Minister of the Chinese Embassy in UAE, Ms He Jia Jia, Minister’s wife, and Ms Zhang Qianyun, Third Secretary in the Chinese Embassy. Representatives from Fortes Education also attended, including owners Mrs Mankani and Mr Ajay Mankani, Dr. Neil Hopkin, Director of Education, and Mr Nicholas Rickford, Principal of Sunmarke School. The event commenced with an exhilarating student performance of Drums and Dragon dance, where Mr Zhou honoured us by painting the eyes of the dragon. This was followed by speeches from Mr Zhou and Dr Hopkin, setting an encouraging tone for the future of the Sunmarke Mandarin Academy. Various performances highlighting Chinese culture were showcased throughout the day, including a Taiqi Fan dance by the ECA group, a show by the Chinese CPOP dance group, a Kungfu class presentation, a native class song and poem recital, a Chinese theme ballet by Year 1 and Year 2 students, and a final performance of Chinese Jazz.
We offer 90+ extracurricular activities in high-performance sports, the performing arts, ballet, music, journalism, debate, public speaking, community service, and more, enabling students to pursue and expand their interests and develop their character.
Students are coached to meet the future challenges of university and the workplace through a range of career development programmes such as guidance to top global universities; successful university applications; student internships at leading corporates; mentorships with business leaders; resume building; and mock interviews.