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.

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. 

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.

—— 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.

(Teachers and students’ team of the CINB won first prize in the Santa Claus Parade)

 

At 5:00 p.m, on Nov.25th in 2017, the annual Santa Claus Parade was held in Moncton of New Brunswick. About 80,000 citizens from different districts gathered together to watch this grand activity. After nightfall, all kinds of beautiful floats came into view in order, conveying best Christmas wishes to people. In general, this activity is wonderful and attractive. The faculty and students from Confucius Institute in New Brunswick wore animal costumes of panda and typical Chinese zodiac signs and held colorful Chinese dancing fans and Tai Chi fans. With cute image and unique design, they danced and performed while walking, which gained warm applause and high appreciation of the audience. In these floats, many students are students of the Chinese credit course of the Confucius Institute, the students greeted each other in Chinese and sent festive greetings to the audience with full enthusiasm as well.

Santa Claus Parade of Moncton started from 1967. It is held on last week’s Saturday of November each year and there are always more than one hundred floats every year. After 49 years’ development, it has become the grandest activity for festival celebration, which often attracts 100,000 audience. This year marks the seventh time for Confucius Institute in New Brunswick to participate in this activity. The faculty and excellent high school students in mandarin class extended their best wishes to audience. The enthusiastic audience waved and said hello to the team of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and even some kids clapped hands and hugged with Chinese teachers. Many of them are the members of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and they said hello in Chinese loudly, which made Chinese teachers very surprised and proud. 

In this activity, the Confucius Institute and high school cooperative float parade was rated as the first prize among high school groups in Moncton. 

The amazing performance of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick impressed the audience and enabled them to experience Chinese culture. Moncton television station covered a full live broadcast and conveyed the best wishes of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick to thousands of households and brought happiness to everyone.