A Busy Week for SCEN

12 May 2014

Duck-300This will be a busy week for SCEN! We have a meeting of our Executive Committee, where we are looking again at our core mission and objectives with a view to presenting a four-year strategic plan to the SCEN Board in September. We also have a meeting of the Languages Think Tank in Abden House: we shall hear from Simon Macaulay and our partners on the progress of the Early Learning of Chinese project in East Lothian schools and planning for its development in 2014-2015. There is also a meeting of the Cross Party Group on China at the Scottish Parliament.

Judith-SCEN-2013.jpgI have a strong sense of an urge by many sectors to find out more about what is happening in the wide range of links between China and Scotland. What is significant is the great desire to work together more effectively. This common purpose was very much in evidence at the meeting of Directors of Scotland's five Confucius Institutes in the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools at the University of Strathclyde, chaired by the Principal, Sir Jim Macdonald.

All this gives me great hope for the future. The generation that will benefit will be meeting at the RZSS/SCEN Global Classroom Day at Edinburgh Zoo on 20 May.

Keen primary pupils from the City of Edinburgh, the City of Aberdeen, Fife and East Ayrshire will be following their interest in China and wildlife. I am dressing for the occasion: I have bought some coloured socks and I shall build the rest on them. The trend will be named SAC:SCEN Ageing Cool. Tian Tian and Yang Guang will be amazed.

Very best wishes,
Judith McClure