St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

Our Ethos

St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.


Mandarin is thriving at St. Anthony’s! The subject is taught within the curriculum from as early as Year 1 through to Year 5 as well as being a language option in Years 6 and 7.

In January 2010 St Anthony’s started working with Dragons in Europe, a Mandarin specialist, thus enabling boys not only to learn about Chinese language and culture but also to achieve fantastic results: their enthusiasm is encouraged by fun and interactive teaching materials including online material which allows them to study Mandarin at home.

The curriculum has several aspects:
• Learning about the language – the boys learn to say things they really want and need to say, keeping it meaningful
• Listening, speaking and reading activities – the speaking and listening activities in the teaching material are presented in Pinyin Romanisation to allow the boys concentrate on producing the correct sounds of the language. Therefore their learning of spoken Mandarin is not dependent on their ability to read and write Chinese characters
• Culture – information about Chinese culture is integrated into the course, including special sections on aspects of modern China
• Sounds and Tones – the online material has a section of each chapter devoted to sounds and tones, encouraging attention to detail in the pronunciation of the language
• Amazing characters – these sections show how China’s fascinating script evolved into the shapes we see today
• Putting it together and review – the sections at the end of each chapter in our textbook encourage flexibility in the use of the language and provide a challenge for more adventurous learners as well as providing a great opportunity to review what has been learnt
• Auto marking homework – this allows teachers to provide continuous updates on progress. Some even ask to complete their homework multiple times in order to record higher marks!

The results speak for themselves. Last year, ten Year 6 boys sat the ISEB Certificate of Achievement in Mandarin and all passed with either Merit or Distinction.