“Happy Chinese new year, happy Chinese new year...” , with Chinese cheerful music, the local time of February 16, Evergreen Park school was holding the Chinese New Year Celebration with more than 800 students and teachers attending. The event was organized by Wang Jingli, a Chinese teacher volunteer of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick (CINB), and collaborating with school teachers and students. Mrs. Teng Jing, the foreign director of CINB, Chinese families and students families were invited to attend this event.
The show opened with playing a cheerful new year song and many students photos which were taken at Chinese art classes and culture classes as screen background, many smiling faces represented that they enjoyed Chinese class very much.
Chinese new year celebration mainly included the dragon dance performance, the fabulous dragon was created by Wang Jingli, the school art teachers, and Chinese dragon club students who took 22 days to make it. After that, under the leading of G1 students, all the teachers and students danced together.
Chinese club students had a Chinese new year presentation to show out the customs and characteristics of Chinese new year to audience and performed a fan dance “Chun Xiao”. G5 students performed a Chinese poetry reciting “Climbing Guanque Building”, “A Tranquil Night” and “The Willow”, accompanied by melodious classical music slowly outflow, Chinese landscape pictures, the students clear pronunciation brought the audience into the unique artistic conception. Then, music teachers and two students brought the solo musical instrument play, Chinese folk song “Jasmine flower”, Canadian folk song “Red river valley” and “Croatian rhapsody”. The melodies were beautiful, the rhythms were distinct, each had its own characteristics, the teachers and students were applauding with music beat.
Chinese and foreign students performed Chinese calligraphy with Mrs. Wang’s classical “Jing hong dance”. The three students held up calligraphy works and wished all the people “Happy Spring Festival, good luck the year of the dog, the blessing of a hundred lucks”.
At the end of the show, more than 800 people sang “Chinese happy new year" song. During the Chinese cultural question-and-answer session, hundreds of students raised their hands to answer questions. The principal sent gifts of red envelope to the students who answered right. The scene was very lively.
Finally, Mrs Panagiotakis, the principal of Evergreen Park school said a few of words to express her gratitude, “ thanks to the support of CINB, offered a very good opportunity to teachers and students to understand Chinese colorful culture, make them had a real sense of “Chinese new year”. She also expressed her willingness to strengthen cooperation with the CINB and continued to carry out the Chinese program. She said “happy New Year” in Chinese to the audience to express the New Year's blessing. The school's New Year celebration ended successfully.
After the event, CINB received congratulations and thanks from the Chinese community families. Due to the help of CINB, not only make more Chinese children identity to inherit their own Chinese culture, but also for local children to learn more about the Chinese culture, with an open mind to accept and embrace difference. They also expressed their willingness to help and support the program and wished the CINB a better development in the new year.
最后校长致词，常青园学校校长Mrs. Panagiotakis 向新布伦瑞克省孔院表达了感谢，感谢新省孔院的项目支持，让全校师生了解了丰富多彩的中国文化，过了一次真正有意义的“中国年”。她表示愿加强与新省孔院合作，继续开展中文项目。最后用汉语“新年好”向在场观众表达了新年的祝福。至此，常青园学校新年庆祝活动圆满落幕。