(Written by CINB teacher Zhang Xiaoyu)

On the evening of February 6, 2016, the Chinese Spring Festival Gala of Fredericton, the capital city of New Brunswick, was staged at Playhouse, the city's biggest theatre. Ms. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the Lieutenant Governor in New Brunswick and Mr. L’hon, Stephen Horsman, the vice governor of New Brunswick were invited to attend this event and delivered speeches respectively.

Ms. Heather Wallace from the Atlantic Education International (AEI), made an important speech on behalf of the Confucius Institute of New Brunswick (CINB). The two groups have been coordinating with each other for many years. And then, as the ninth performance, Professor Li Minhong, the Chinese director of CINB, Ms. Zhang Xiaoyu, the Chinese teacher of CINB, the Volunteer Chinese teachers Cao Xi and Ms. Sara Benson, the music teacher from Park Street Elementary school, together with twenty students, presented a wonderful Chinese song " Shenglü Qimeng (Rhythm Enlightenment)".

Most of the students in this chorus are Canadian with only two Chinese boys, and all of them come from the Chinese Language and Culture classes of the four different schools in Fredericton--- Park Street Elementary School, Liverpool Street Elementary School, Nashwaaksis and Bliss Carman Middle school. This is the fifth time for Park Street School, but the first time for the other three schools to get onto the stage of CCANB Gala. 

Although this is the first cooperation between the four schools, it has achieved a remarkable effect. All of the Canadian students and teacher read and sang the song in the standard Chinese, thus winning a thunder of applause from the audience. A seemingly simple song not only reflects the charm of Chinese poems, but also fully demonstrated the outstanding achievements in the Chinese teaching and the promotion of Chinese culture made by CINB.

On Jan.27, 2016, CINB attended the 7th Multicultural Night Celebration of Park Street Elementary School in Fredericton. Ms. Teng Jing, the Foreign Director of CINB, Professor Li Minhong, the Chinese Director of CINB, Ms. Zhang Xiaoyu, the Chinese teacher of CINB, and the Volunteer Chinese teachers Cao Xi, Li Nannan joined in the event. 

Multicultural Night Celebration is a big event for Park Street School. Every year, it attracts many people from different countries to come and show their own culture. And some politicians and educators of New Brunswick also come to join in. This year, Ms. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the Lieutenant Governor in New Brunswick and Mr. Brad Woodside, the Mayor of Fredericton were invited to make a speech for the activity. Therefore,this is a good chance for CINB to show Chinese culture to the other countries’ people here.

During the event, CINB teachers set up Chinese exhibition booth with many kinds of Chinese elements like Chinese panda toys, paper cuts, Chinese traditional umbrellas and Chinese kites which attracted many students and parents. The Volunteer Chinese teacher Cao Xi, who has been teaching Chinese Language and Culture in Park Street School for almost 3 years, with her dancing group, performed two beautiful dances. As the opening dance, the fan dance <Chun Xiao> got a very warm response and caught the audience’s eyes. The umbrella dance set off a climax for the event, winning lots of applause and cheers. Wearing the colorful Chinese costumes, under the leadership of Cao Xi, the Park Street School kids were dancing with the Chinese traditional fans and oiled paper umbrellas, which not only fully demonstrated their learning outcomes, but also showed their love of Chinese culture.

In this event, both Chinese booth and Chinese dances left a deep impression on the audience. The Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Ms. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and the Mayor of Fredericton Mr. Brad Woodside also came to the Chinese exhibition booth, communicating with the CINB teachers and speaking highly of the dancing kids.

This event gives the audience a better understanding of both CINB and Chinese culture, enhancing the cultural identity of each other. 

Written by Cao Xi

On Jan. 6th, Confucius Institute in New Brunswick held a teaching and research meeting in Fredericton. The meeting was chaired by CINB foreign director Ms. Teng Jing. Ms. Dawn Weatherbie, Vice president of AEI, Executive Director of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, attended the meeting. All the teachers and volunteer teachers shared their valuable teaching experience from the past semester, discussed and made plans for teaching and culture activities for next semester. 

At the very beginning of the meeting, on behalf of AEI, Mrs. Dawn Weatherbie welcomed all the teachers from CINB and remarked on their hard work and joint effort in promoting Chinese language and culture all around New Brunswick.

During the meeting, every teacher made a PowerPoint presentation based on their own experience, working at different schools and with students from different levels. They came up with an individualized teaching and evaluating method according to the distinctive characteristics of elementary, middle and high school students. The meeting mainly focused on the implement of the very first trilingual program, which will kick off in September at Park Street School in Fredericton, and Chinese credit courses at high schools, and the teaching syllabus for Chinese language and culture course in New Brunswick. Ms. Jing Teng, shared precious information from the 10th Confucius Institute Conference at the meeting and discussed the sustainable development of CINB with the teachers.

A clear plan was made on the future development of CINB, and both theoretical and practical experiences were shared to ensure carrying out teaching and culture activities. This meeting was not only a summary of the past years' hard work, but also a powerful stimulation for the coming New Year.

On Jan.27, 2016, CINB attended the 7th Multicultural Night Celebration of Park Street Elementary School in Fredericton. Ms. Teng Jing, the Foreign Director of CINB, Professor Li Minhong, the Chinese Director of CINB, Ms. Zhang Xiaoyu, the Chinese teacher of CINB, and the Volunteer Chinese teachers Cao Xi, Li Nannan joined in the event. 

Multicultural Night Celebration is a big event for Park Street School. Every year, it attracts many people from different countries to come and show their own culture. And some politicians and educators of New Brunswick also come to join in. This year, Ms. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the Lieutenant Governor in New Brunswick and Mr. Brad Woodside, the Mayor of Fredericton were invited to make a speech for the activity. Therefore,this is a good chance for CINB to show Chinese culture to the other countries’ people here.

During the event, CINB teachers set up Chinese exhibition booth with many kinds of Chinese elements like Chinese panda toys, paper cuts, Chinese traditional umbrellas and Chinese kites which attracted many students and parents. The Volunteer Chinese teacher Cao Xi, who has been teaching Chinese Language and Culture in Park Street School for almost 3 years, with her dancing group, performed two beautiful dances. As the opening dance, the fan dance <Chun Xiao> got a very warm response and caught the audience’s eyes. The umbrella dance set off a climax for the event, winning lots of applause and cheers. Wearing the colorful Chinese costumes, under the leadership of Cao Xi, the Park Street School kids were dancing with the Chinese traditional fans and oiled paper umbrellas, which not only fully demonstrated their learning outcomes, but also showed their love of Chinese culture.

On Nov. 27th,2015,CINB joined the Majesta Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade in Moncton New Brunswick this .And this is the sixth time that CINB joins Santa Claus Parade in this city.

The Majesta Greater Moncton Santa Claus Parade attracted around 100 floats and 100,000 audiences from all over New Brunswick this year. Leading by Mrs. Teng Jing, foreign director of CINB, and Mrs. Li Minhong, Chinese director of CINB, eight teachers and volunteers from CINB, dressed up in 12 Chinese zodiac animals and panda costumes , holding a big banner of CINB and Chinese kongfu fans, walked in the parade along with students from HTHS. Audiences on both sides of the road said hello to the parade of CINB, and kids rushed to the fore to shake hands with Giant Pandas and dragons and hugged volunteers and some kids tried to say hello in Chinese to them. Students from CINB also learned how to use Taichi fan and how to express “Merry Christmas ” in Chinese.  

During this event, CINB showed Chinese people’s friendliness, kindness and enthusiasm to everyone and left a good impression to all the audience. Local TV station took the whole live video and local medias reported this event. Our float was voted No. One in high school teams by local medias.