Park Street Elementary School Celebrated Chinese New Year
On Feb.18th,2015, Park Street School held Chinese New Year Gala, more than 450 teachers and students were involved in this joyful activity. Miss Heather Wallace, the representative of CINB was invited and addressed remarks. She also taught the students how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese in the process of her speech which won a warm applause.
Chinese New Year is a big event for Park Street, every year they attach great importance to this. This event was organized by Miss Xi Cao, the Volunteer Chinese Teacher of CINB and three local teachers in Park Street.
At the beginning of the event, the two MC who are the students in Grade 5 introduced some Chinese typical custom about Chinese New Year. And then Miss Xi and her dance club students performed a Chinese traditional umbrella dance titled <Jasmine Flower> and a handkerchief dance called <La Meizi> which sparked a very joyful atmosphere. The music teacher, Mrs. Wilson led the students perform two songs titled ‘Yangtze River’ and ‘Feng Yang Song’. Both of them were about Chinese culture. The highlight of the show came from Mr. Fazhou Fei, the Kung Fu Teacher of CINB, who performed Tai Ji sword and won a warm applause and cheers. Also, he was joined by Mme. Aube and a group of Park Street Students performed <Tai Ji> which had been performed in the Play House for Chinese New Year Gala of Fredericton.
At last, the small trivia quiz about Chinese New Year culture done by Miss Xi set off the last upsurge for the activity. The students who answered the question won the Chinese red envelops with special gifts inside. The whole event got a complete success.
——written by Cao Xi
CINB Joined Chinese New Year Gala of Fredericton
On Feb.16th,2015, Chinese Culture Association of Fredericton held Chinese New Year Gala of 2015 in the Play House, which attracted hundreds of audiences come to see. Mr. L’hon Stephen Horsman, the Vice-premier minister of NB addressed the remarks.
CINB was a partner of this activity, Ms. Dawn Weatherbie, Vice-president Operations of AEI, the Executive Director of CINB was also invited to do a speech. Mr. Fazhou Fei, the Kung Fu Teacher of CINB and Miss Xi Cao, the Volunteer Chinese Teacher gave a performance called <Tai Ji> with Park Street School Teacher Bryanna Aube and 11 students.
This was the 4th time for Park Street School to join the Chinese New Year Gala. As the beautiful music on, Mrs. Bryanna Aube, Miss Xi Cao and the students started to sing the Chinese folk song <Jasmine Flower>, at the same time, Mr. Fei was playing Tai Ji in the center of the stage.
This wonderful performance brought a visual and auditory feast for the audiences and won a lot of applause and cheers. This typical performance not only showed Chinese martial arts culture, but also reflected the rich achievement in language teaching of CINB in Park Street School. That CINB is playing a role of spreading Chinese culture and language had left a deeper impression to the audiences again.
——written by Cao Xi
CINB Held Teaching and Research Meeting
Confucius Institute in New Brunswick held teaching and research meeting in Moncton city on New Brunswick Professional Day, January 5th .
The meeting was chaired by CINB foreign director Ms. Teng Jing, All the Chinese teachers and volunteer teachers participated. Ms. Dawn Weatherbie, Vice-president Operations of AEI, the Executive Director of CINB attended and gave the welcome words and introductions on the meeting.
Every Chinese teacher talked about their work and life situations, and shared the teaching experience during the meeting .They discussed the teaching methods in order to carry out better teaching for different age and degree students.In addition ,they also shared the best experience in New Brunswick ,explored the similarities and differences between the Canadian and Chinese cultures, to make sure adapting to the local life in Canada.
This meeting not only shows the achievement of teaching , but also improves the teaching communications between teachers and make them to determine the target for the next teaching.
At present, there are three Chinese teachers and three Chinese teacher volunteers from Qufu Normal University China in CINB, who are teaching Chinese and Chinese culture around New Brunswick province .
CINB Attends the “Multicultural Night” of Park Street Elementary School
On Jan. 21st, 2015, CINB attended the 6th “Multicultural Night” of Park Street Elementary School. “Multicultural Night” is a big event for Park Street. Every year, there are many people came from different countries join the event to show their own culture. And this was the 4th time for CINB to join it. Ms. Dawn Weatherbie, Vice-president Operations of AEI, the Executive Director of CINB, Ms. Jing Teng, the Director of CINB, Mr. Fazhou Fei, the Kung fu Teacher of CINB and Ms Xi Cao, the Volunteer Chinese Teacher took part in the event.
During the event, the Chinese culture exhibition booth was full of many kinds of Chinese elements, like Chinese Panda toy, paper-cuts, Chinese chess, allegros and the “Scholar’s four jewels” , which attracted many audiences. The Provincial Governor, Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau and her husband, as well as L’hon. Stephen Horsman, the Vice-premier minister of NB also came to visit Chinese culture exhibition booth. Mr. Stephen Horsman expressed his gratitude to CINB for what CINB had done for promoting the culture exchange between China and Canada.
At last, Ms. Xi Cao, with 6 students come from Park Street School performed a Chinese national dance, and Mr. Fei professionally played Tai Ji which won a warm applause from the entire audiences. We believed that Chinese culture had left a deeper impression to the audiences through this event.
Gone With the Fragrance of Jasmine Flowers
--Minjiang University Troupe wows New Brunswick Students
Commissioned by the Headquarter of Confucius Institute, Minjiang University Troupe presented 5 fabulous performances in New Brunswick.
The first stop of the tour was in Fredericton，the capital of New Brunswick. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, governor of New Brunswick, Senator Mike O’Brien and Nancy Boucher, official of New Brunswick Education attended the show and each delivered a speech. After the show, all the students in Park Street School sung the Chinese song Two Tigers together as an acknowledgement for the amazing performance of the troupe under the guidance of CaoXi, the Chinese teacher in Fredericton.
After that, the troupe went to Bliss Carman Middle School, which has no history of offering Chinese lessons. Both the teachers and the students enjoyed the show very much and they were looking forward more cooperation between CINB and Bliss Carman Middle School.
Minjiang University Troupe presented another three Chinese shows on 19 Nov 2014 and 20 Nov 2014 in Moncton. The officials of Anglophone East School District attended the show and delivered a speech.
Fantastic magic shows and eye-catching acrobatics, and fascinating singing and Chinese traditional instruments were performed on Wednesday, not in China, but the Birchmount School, attracting all the staff in that school. Happy time passes so quickly. After the show came to an end, the students could not bear the performers to leave and they were eager to see more amazing Chinese shows. White Gerhardt Heather, Principle of Birchmount School, made a speech showing appreciation to the troupe and CINB and introduced Miss Mou, the new Chinese teacher to all the staff. All the students were looking forward to meeting Miss Mou again in January.
Minjiang University Troupe performed three shows in Birchmount School, Hill crest School and Bernice McNaughton High School. The students and students all enjoyed the amazing performance.
“The singing is so beautiful that I cried,” said one of the teachers in Birchmount School.
“I read on the newspaper about the show. It was awesome. I wish my students could have the opportunity to enjoy such an amazing show.” said Webster Karla, principle of West Riverview School.
(By Cheng Yingchao)