On February 4th, Wang Jingli, a Chinese teacher of CINB and Liang Jiayi, a volunteer teacher of martial arts organized a Chinese New Year Carnival Game at Rexton Elementary School. The Chinese director of CINB, Dai Zunfeng, the vice principal, Virginia Richard, and all the teachers and students participated in the New Year celebration. The carnival game was a combination of Chinese art and sports, and the two Chinese teachers combined their own teaching characteristics to create a Chinese new year activity in the whole school.
Beautiful New Year Art Exhibition: As the art teacher of school, Wang Jingli taught the whole school students to make paintings and hand-made artworks of Chinese new year, such as the New Year's jacket, “Nian”,“Dragon”, “Chinese lantern”,“Nian nian you yu”etc, which were displayed in the gymnasium. The art and culture are closely connected, in her class, Wang Jingli had a new year presentation to the teachers and students. The students deeply felt the charm of Chinese culture and the lively atmosphere of the festival in the art, and looked forward to their first great Chinese New Year .
Interesting sports activities: Liang Jiayi teaches Chinese martial arts, dance and cheerleading courses at the school. On the occasion of the New Year, combined with the advantages of her major, the students participated in the sports experience of seven sections, including picking up pompoms with chopsticks, spinning handkerchief, frog jumping, kicking shuttlecock, tossing sandbags, practicing Chinese classic dance, playing table tennis, there also was a cultural experience area, such as guess riddles, to find out their own Chinese zodiac. Each booth set up an activity rule, those who completed the game according to the requirements could get “one dollar”, after collecting three yuan, and they could exchange a fortune cookie at the end. Students who have passed all the way could get a New Year red envelope. Experiencing 30 minutes per shift, everyone had a "moving" together in this Chinese New Year. After the event, students of each class could take a group photo with the Chinese New Year mascot and handcraft of new year.
The Vice-principal, Virginia Richard went to the event and spoke highly of it. She also watched the performance videos of the students attending the spring festival gala in Moncton, she was very excited and expressed my gratitude to the two Chinese teachers. As a volunteer of the event, the physical education teacher said: "It's really interesting. The students liked Chinese cultural activities very much and hoped to carry out some of these activities in the future."
In the 2018-2019 school year, Chinese teacher Wang Jingli once cooperated with the art teacher of Evergreen Park Street School to set up the Dragon Club, and created a Chinese dragon with a length of 10 meters together with the teachers and students. During the period, she understood the Canadian art teaching methods and classroom management modes, and combined with their own characteristics, constantly enriched and innovated, so that students not only exercised painting and hand-made skills in her art class, but also felt the richness and diversity of Chinese culture. Liang Jiayi won the National Southern Nanquan and Swordsmanship Championship in 2016 and has performed martial arts tours around the world. With a profound knowledge of martial arts and rich teaching experience, the Confucius Institute students who have led the Northern School District School have held nearly 10 martial arts, dance, and cheerleading events. Chinese teachers are widely praised by the community and teachers and students.
The campus was full of Chinese art works, and interesting Chinese sports activities, the teachers and students of the whole school not only had an experience of Chinese sports from the visual and physical aspects, but also experienced the Chinese culture in the activity. During the period, martial art club students performed various kungfu movements in the Chinese art zone, which attracted many teachers and students to watch, and pushed the event to a climax. The Rexton Elementary School were full of joy to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We believe that in this new year, the Chinese teaching and cultural promotion work in the Northern Education School District will be even more prosperous!