Dragon Boat Festival Celebrated in WRES
Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival or Duanyang Festival, together with Chinese Lunar New Year and Mid-autumn Festival, are considered as three most important festivals for Chinese descendents. Three of the most widespread activities for Duanwu Festival are eating (and preparing) zongzi, hanging Aicao and racing dragon boats. On June 16th, a special dragon boat race was held in WRES, all the Grade 4 and Grade 5 students participated in the Race.
Prior to the race, 4-A class led all the students singing two songs in Chinese, showing their remarkable achievement in Chinese learning. Mrs. Teng Jing, director of CINB, was very impressed by the students’ singing. The students showed great passion and teamwork in the race. After the race, Miss Cheng, the volunteer Chinese teacher, led all the students and staff to do the dragon boat dance along with the music.
The whole program was students-centered and highly-interactive, which enabled the students to experience Chinese festivals and customs by themselves and to become more open-minded toward diversities.
Spring Chinese Culture Gala Held in Edith Cavell
On June 12, 2015, Spring Chinese Culture Gala was held in Edith Cavell School ,Moncton.The volunteer Chinese teacher Mou Chunxiao organized the students to perform Chinese traditional performances in the gala .
The Gala started with the Chinese Square Dance Little Apple played by 20 students of grade 3 and went to the closing by the beautiful melody of the Butterfly Lovers. The whole stage was totally decorated by the art works made by students who attended Chinese art classes. Colourful butterfly lanterns and gorgeous Chinese traditional painting fans highlighted a kind of native Chinese flavor.
Grade 6 and Grade 7 students played the piano Liu Yang River and the Butterfly Lovers respectively. A group of Grade 7 students sang the Jasmine Flower song together .And the most eye-catching program is the grade 5 students and their teacher reading the Chinese poem.
This is the first time that Edith Cavell carry out Chinese program and the principal said it was so meaningful that she would like to continue this project next semester.
At the meanwhile ,Teng Jing ,the director of Confucius Institute of New Brunswick took part in the gala to present the school a Chinese gift offered by Hanban .She said she was deeply impressed by the performance and spoke highly of the volunteer teacher’s work.
新布伦瑞克省蒙克顿市Edith Cavell 学校成功举办中国主题校会
CINB Attends the “Multicultural Day” of Nashwaaksis Middle School in Fredericton
On May 25, 2015, the Kung Fu Teacher Mr. Fei Fazhou and the Volunteer Chinese Teacher Cao Xi in CINB attended the “Multicultural Day” of Nashwaaksis Middle School in Fredericton.
During the event, Mr. Fei performed Tai Ji for the whole school which shocked the audiences. For many teachers and students here, this was the first time to see the live demonstration of Tai Ji, they all admired it .Later, Chinese culture exhibition booth also aroused wide concern. Many students came to play Chinese fan and umbrella, think about the Chinese ring puzzle and tangram, practice how to use Chinese writing brush and chopsticks. All the Chinese staff were just so interesting that the students could hardly put them down.
This activity not only provided a good chance for the teachers and students in Nashwaaksis Middle School to know more and understand more about Chinese culture. It also laid a good foundation for Chinese teaching in this school.
The First Chinese Culture Exposition Held in Miramichi
Written by Zhang Xiaoyu
On June 8, 2015, the Chinese language teacher Zhang Xiaoyu of CINB organized a Chinese Culture Exposition at Harkins Middle School in Miramichi, which is the first time for both HMS and Miramichi and also is the first exposition for Ms. Zhang.
There were about 20 student projects involving different aspects of Chinese culture, made by students from Grade 6 and Grade 8. And they were divided into different stations: Paper-cutting station, Blue-and-White Porcelain station, Blowing-painting station, Beijing Opera Masks fabrication station, Chinese Cuisine station, Calligraphy station, Folk handicraft station, station of introduction of the major cities in China, chopstick practice station, station of the history of traditional Chinese garments, station of Chinese Zodiacs and Chinese Lunar New Year, Tea ceremony station, Chinese Kung Fu station, Pinyin cards station. Each station took their assignment seriously, and they dressed up in costumes, wore masks to teach and demonstrate what they have learned from the Chinese class to students from other grades who took turns to participating in activities and finding whatever station they had interest to learn and practice. And also they had a chance to try some Chinese food made by Grade 8 students. Each group was scheduled to stay for about 20 minutes. And 5 minutes before they left, as the music was on, Grade 6 students danced the bamboo dancing, inviting all the others to get involved. All of the students and teachers were joyful and cheerful. During this event, there were also some visitors from other schools, and news reporter Julia Lovett from Miramichi Leader. All of them were engaged by miscellaneous Chinese handicrafts and impressed by students’ projects and performance.
This Chinese Culture Exposition was an effort to put students’ knowledge to practice, and the principal of HMS, Jennifer Sullivan said it had been a very successful Chinese culture exposition for being the first at HMS.
Ms. Teng Jing, the Director of CINB, and Ms. Heather Wallace from AEI took part in the Culture Exposition too and they were impressed by it and gave it a high evaluation.
CINB joins Asian Heritage Month activity
2015 May Asian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony of Saint John,New Brunswick was held at Market Square on May 3rd . Ms Jing Teng, the Director of CINB leading all teachers and students attended this activity .
Martial art teacher,Mr. Fei Fazhou and CINB students performed “Taichi” show. As the beautiful music on, 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. Cooperating part , Shandong educational department and Qufu Normal University offered pretty Chinese traditional costume to teachers and students.The perform got a very great success .
The Chinese culture exhibition of CINB filled with students’ cultural projects ,Chinese knitting,writing brush papers,Taichi Fan ,facial mask and so on,which attracted people coming to see. Many people tried to write Chinese calligraphy, put on facial mask, and read the books . Mr. Bernard J. Cormier , the cultural Affairs officer of Saint John and the City Counselor also came to the exhibition to acknowledge and talked about Confucius and Chinese culture with Chinese teachers.
May was declared Asian Heritage Month by the government of Canada in December 2001,acknowledging the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Attending this activity not only enhanced the visibility of the Confucius Institute publicity, but also offered local Canadians more opportunity to touch and learn traditional Chinese culture
2015年5月3日， 加拿大新布伦瑞克省圣约翰市在市中心的Market square 举行一年一度的五月亚洲文化节。新布伦瑞克省孔子学院外方院长滕菁女士带领孔院教师及学生参加活动。
孔院的中国文化展台上摆满了中国结，笔墨纸砚，太极扇，脸谱等极具中国特色的物件，及孔院学生精心制作的文化展板，不断吸引人们来观看欣赏。很多人在孔院教师及学生的指导下尝试学习中国书法，试戴中国脸谱，更有对中国有了解研究的人们翻看中国旅游书籍 及中国地图。 圣约翰市文化部部长Bernard J. Cormier先生及圣约翰市议员也来到展台前欣赏中国传统文化， 并与孔院老师热烈讨论孔子儒家及中国传统文化。