Chinese New Year celebration at Connaught Street School
Over 300 students filled the gymnasium at Connaught Street School in Fredericton on Feb. 15 for a Chinese New Year celebration also known as the Spring Festival. The event was also attended by staff, parents and members of the community who came to take part in the unique cultural experience. And this celebration was reported by District News to share the joyful spirit of Chinese New Year with everyone!
Under the instruction of CINB teacher Nannan Li, the students not only enjoyed the vigorous Zodiac boxing, experienced the beauty of Chinese traditional dance, got involved in the fun of red packets and also immersed themselves in the wonderful integration between Chinese instrument Erhu performed by CINB teacher Juan Du and Western instrument Flute by Mr. Andrew Rogers. In the end, all of the students collectively performed the “Happy New Year” song in Chinese, which made the celebrations reach the climax. The entire audience deeply learned about the traditions, costumes, food, music, songs and dancing associated with celebrating the Chinese New Year. This was a very festal and meaningful Chinese New Year’s celebrations.
Riverview Middle school teachers and students throughout the experience of Chinese New Year
When it is one week away from Chinese New Year's Eve, the lively Chinese New Year atmosphere spread across the ocean from China to the gym of Riverview Middle School.
On the morning of February 12, 2018, as soon as students who got off the school bus went into school, they were greeted with New Year decorations full of Chinese style. Red lanterns were hanging high in the gym. The good luck character, red couplets and lanterns which made by students are attached to the walls and windows. When the bell rang at 8:30, Chinese New Year's happy music sounded as well. Riverview Middle School experience of the Chinese year also officially started.
In order to let the students fully experience the Spring Festival activities, we set up six different activity areas in the gym. They are the Chinese Zodiac big wheel, making dumplings, Chinese calligraphy , guess the lantern riddles, eating dumplings and photo area with Chinese "fuwa" baby. The students made their first dumplings in their life. They can also taste dumplings which were wrapped in their own hands. Under the guidance of Chinese teacher of CINB, they all wrote the blessings of Spring Festival with Chinese paint brush. When the students saw the big-bodied Fuwa pictures drawn by grade 6s, they tried their best to line up to take photos. The homeroom teachers in each class are also involved. They made dumplings and guess lantern riddles along with their students. When the 25-minute experience time ends, the students of this class leave reluctantly. At the same time, we will welcome the next class and take them to experience those Chinese New Year folk customs.
Reviewing the Past, Prospecting the Future
—— the 12th Global Confucius Institute Conference
In December, 2017, the 12th Global Confucius Institute Conference was held in xi 'an, shaanxi province in China. Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in New Brunswick, Mr. Chris·Treadwell, Dr. Peng Jianhua, chairman of the Sino-Canada school, the member of the board of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick(CINB ), Mr. Francis Pang, Superintendent of CINB, Mrs. Teng Jing, attended this event.
Mr. Chris has visited China many times, and it was his first time to visit xi 'an. He has witnessed the magnificence of the terracotta warriors and horses. He was deeply impressed by the extensive and profound Chinese culture, which has a long time.
Mr. Chris listened attentively to the report of the conference and held in-depth talks with the officials of the Hanban. He also made an important speech on the construction and development program of the CINB. In his speech, he fully affirmed the important influence of the CINB on the promotion of Chinese culture in the whole province, and also positively identified the important role played by the Chinese program in the education system of primary and secondary schools.
CINB Held Chinese Teaching Forum
On January 7th and 8th 2018, CINB held the 4th Chinese teaching forum in the capital city of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
Lasting for two days, this forum is hosted by Teng Jing, the superintendent of CINB. Some other experts are invited to attend this forum, including the Chinese director of Carleton University Professor Xiang Ping, the secretary-general of Canadian Chess Federation, the executive of World Chess Federation and the vice director of Chess Promotion Federation Jiang Wei, the musical aesthetics postgraduate of Nanjing Art College Liu Xuan. Besides, all the Chinese teachers attended the forum.
In the morning of January 7th, Mr. Jiang and Ms. Liu shared their opinions about the possibility of introducing Chinese chess and Chinese folk dance to Chinese class respectively. The Chinese teaching expert of Hanban professor Xiang Ping gave a Chinese teaching lecture on “how to have a good Chinese class and how to become a good Chinese teacher”. The valuable experience from the three experts and scholars answered the Chinese teachers’ confusions and questions, which offered new perspectives for the future Chinese teaching of CINB.
Celebration Activities of the 10th Anniversary of CINB
On November 30, Confucius Institute in New Brunswick (CINB) held the 10th anniversary celebration and a series of related activities. Mr. Brian Kenny, director of Education Department of New Brunswick, Mr. John McLaughlin, Deputy Minister of New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and President and CEO of Atlantic Education International (AEI) and chairman of CINB, four people from Qufu Normal University with the vice president, Mr.Hu Qingxue, and the president, famous contemporary educator, Mr. Wang Benzhong, member of CINB Board of Directors and chairman of AKD International, Dr. Francis Pang, Executive Director of CINB, Mrs. Dawn Weatherbie, councillor of Fredericton, directors of English District of New Brunswick Education Department, the foreign director of CINB, Mrs. Teng Jing, over 100 educational officials and presidents gathered together in Fredericton to attend the 10th anniversary of CINB and the opening ceremony of Confucius Classroom in Park Street Elementary School.
Celebration activities consist of the following three parts.
1. The opening ceremony of Confucius Classroom in Park Street Elementary School.
2. The Board of Directors meeting of CINB.
3. The banquet for the 10th anniversary.