First Minister meets with pupils

The pupils are pictured with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) and Forfar Academy teacher Bob Baldie (left).
The pupils are pictured with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) and Forfar Academy teacher Bob Baldie (left).

A Forfar Academy pupil was among a group of north east youngsters who met up with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a recent visit to China.

They met the First Minister at the Kerry Hotel in Beijing at an event was organised by the by the Scottish Affairs Office at the British Embassy to give Ms Sturgeon an opportunity to hear from the pupils about their time in China.

Adam Deas of Forfar Academy was joined by Anastasia Uchman of Monifieth High School, Caitlyn Gallagher and Megan Sutherland of Elgin Academy and Christine McLean, Molly Hay, Eilidh McArthur and Madeleine Hughes of Hazlehead Academy who were in China to taking part in a two-week language and culture immersion course.

The programme involved more than 80 other young people from across Scotland and they were accompanied by Forfar Academy teacher Bob Baldie.

Ms Sturgeon was in China to showcase the work of 50 Scottish companies as part of a trade visit. Across five days in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, she undertook a series of engagements to promote Scottish business.

The First Minister spent time talking to the pupils about their language and culture classes as well as their visits to local landmarks, schools and host families.

Their visit was organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools (CISS), which is based at Strathclyde University.

Katie Hawkins, project co-ordinator, said, “The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp offers a unique and exciting opportunity for Scotland’s young people.

“In Beijing the pupils met the First Minister and showed her what they had learned. It was a true mix of cultures.”

The summer camp welcomed young people from all over the UK, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture while learning Mandarin.