Written by Zhang Xiaoyu

On February 10, 2016, the second day of the first lunar month of Monkey Year, red lanterns, Chinese knots, Spring couplets, Beijing opera masks, traditional Chinese umbrellas and Chinese zodiacs were all on display at Bliss Carman Middle School’s cultural event to usher in the year of Monkey. 

This Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Bliss Carman is a big success with the CINB foreign director Mrs. Tengjing as special guests. Both the school and the local education bureau paid great attention to it. Also, it’s a periodic presentation of the Chinese language and culture course held by CINB teacher Zhang Xiaoyu since last September.

At the start of the event, teachers and students watched the Photostory,which reviewed bits and pieces of their Chinese learning experience from the past six months. The event started with two MCs in "sheep" and "monkey" costumes telling the story of the "Chinese Zodiacs" and the origin of the Chinese lunar year. The event involved all aspects of Chinese culture: the grade 7 students presented a refreshing version of “Jasmine Flower” sung in a humorous way; students from Chinese enrichment class made a wonderful presentation of their research on Chinese culture; the dancing group danced really well to “Sing Beijing Opera Masks”; and the bamboo dance, performed by the grade 8 students, caused a small discussion: is it a dance or sport?

Finally, students from the calligraphy group introduced the four treasures of study, and then they demonstrated their Chinese calligraphic work ("chun", “jie”, “kuai”,”le”, “sui”, “sui”, “ping”, “an”, "fu"). Next, festive music was sounded and all the performers collectively appeared on the stage, wishing each other “Guo Nian Hao !(Happy New Year)” in Chinese. The audience applauded loudly and the school principal Mr. Hamilton began to ask questions and handed out gift money. This brought the whole event to its climax! At the end of this event, Mrs. Jackie Firlotte from Newcomer student support, Anglophone School District-West, distributed fortune cookies to each student and teacher and wished everyone peace and good luck in the year to come.

This cultural event was coordinated by CINB teacher Zhang Xiaoyu along with Mrs. Jackie Firlotte, BCMS music teacher Mrs. Clarke, BCMS art teacher Mrs. Mills and BCMS teacher Mrs. Merasty. It gives BCMS teachers and students a better understanding of CINB and a good chance of experiencing the profound Chinese culture.

(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.

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.