A second language already! Six-year-old Suri Cruise 'learning Mandarin Chinese' at her new $40,000-a-year school
00:23 GMT, 28 September 2012
She may only be six-years-old, but Suri Cruise is already said to be learning a second language.
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's little girl is study Chinese at her swanky $39,750-per-year Avenues school in Manhattan, according to new reports.
Her famous parents have apparently enrolled their youngster in a Mandarin language course.
Ni Hao: Suri Cruise is reportedly learning Mandarin Chinese at her new Manhattan school
'Suri is going to be learning Mandarin,' a source told RadarOnline.com. 'She is in the program for the Lower School which focuses on Chinese, and this is a great foundation for her.'
According to the website, the prestigious New York school also has plans to open campuses in several cities across China, including Beijing and Shanghai, and also one in Hong Kong.
The strategy is to completely immerse students in the Chinese culture.
'Mastery of languages other than one’s own is a central feature of the Avenues mission,' the school's website reads.
New student: The six-year-old, seen here with her mother Katie Holmes last week, started school at the start of this month
'The forces fueling this trend are social, economic, political, environmental and technological. It sparks curiosity and invites travel. It erodes stereotypes and fosters peace.
'It builds both self-confidence and self-knowledge. All are essential outcomes of an Avenues education.
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Prestigious: Aimed at the children of the jetsetting
elite, the $40,000-a-year 'The World School' enables pupils to follow their parents around
the globe without being tied to school vacation schedules
Katie and Suri moved to a new Manhattan home following Tom and Katie's recent split and subsequent divorce, and Suri has since enrolled at the brand new school, where she started earlier this month.
Aimed at the children of the jetsetting elite 'The World School' enables pupils to follow their parents around the globe without being tied to school vacation schedules.
Meanwhile, Tom's friends recently came forward to insist that the actor is in regular contact with his daughter while he is in London and she is with her mother Katie in New York.
Hanging on the telephone: Suri was seen chatting on her mother's cell phone on Wednesday after reports emerge that the youngster and her father Tom Cruise use the device regularly to keep in touch
Tom has not seen Suri for over seven weeks and is currently 3500 miles away in the UK.
And after Katie decided to divorce him, tongues began to wag that she was protecting her daughter from Tom’s controversial faith.
Last meeting: Tom and Suri last spent time together when the actor took her to Disney World in August
But now a friend of the 50-year-old Hollywood megastar has insisted that the devout Scientologist loves his daughter no matter what religion she is raised by – and is simply busy with other commitments.
Bert Fields told People Magazine that the allegations are ‘hogwash’ and added: ‘This has absolutely nothing to do with Scientology.
‘This is something that’s been going on her whole life – when Tom is shooting a film out of the country, he has to rely on the telephone.’
Meanwhile, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked on four films with Tom, insists Tom is every inch the doting father and they do indeed make the most of using the telephone to keep in touch.
He said: ‘I can tell you that I haven’t had a meeting with Tom that was not interrupted by a phone call with his daughter. His heart is broken. He misses his little girl and works very hard at parenting.’
McQuarrie added: ‘His hands have been tied.’
The star is currently in London where he is filming action movie All You Need Is Kill.
And with back to back film shooting following his ex-wife Katie’s decision to divorce him in June, Tom has been unable to spend as much time with Suri as he would like to.
They were last spotted together on August 5 as Tom took the six-year-old on an exciting trip to Disney World.
However McQuarrie states that this is perfectly normal when you’re a movie star like Tom.
He said: ‘There’s a commitment [to making movies] that is huge while all this enormous change is happening in his personal life. You can’t simply put a movie on hold and go off and deal with your personal issues.
'He was finishing [Oblivion] when he learned his wife was divorcing him. He was immediately committed to [All You Need Is Kill] and there was no way he could not honour that commitment. You are talking about millions of dollars, hundreds of jobs.’