Park Street Elementary School Celebrates Chinese New Year
On Feb.13th 2014, more than 400 students and teachers of Park Street School got together to celebrate Chinese New Year. Prof. Yang Jianhua, the Chinese Director of CINB was also invited to join the event.
Since CINB has been offering Chinese culture and language teaching in the Park Street, every year, Park Street holds the activity to celebrate Chinese New Year. In this school, Chinese language and culture has gained popularity among the students and teachers. They attached great importance to the activity. At the start, all the students went into the gym with the different Chinese Lanterns made by themselves, which brought a strong Spring Festival atmosphere to the activity.
The event started with a dragon dance led by Mr. Treadwell, the principal of Park Street School. And then the music teacher Mr. Zaat and Park Street Quartet performed a Chinese folk music <Molihua>; grade 2 students sang a Chinese song <Two Tigers>; the Volunteer Chinese Teacher of CINB Cao Xi with her dance club students show a dance <I learn Dizigui>. Prof. Yang Jianhua, the Chinese Director of CINB also invited several guests who have performed in Chinese New Year’s Gala of Fredericton to come to Park Street School to give some performances including playing flute, Chinese songs and Chinese national dance. During the activity, Mr. Treadwell also chose 10 lucky students by drawing a lottery, and gave them Chinese Red Envelopes. At last, after a grade 5 student has recited a Chinese ancient poetry <Chun Xiao>, Park Street School teacher Mme Aubé and her class performed a Chinese song <Chun Tian Zai Na Li> to draw a satisfactory conclusion for the activity.
During the activity, the Chinese songs, Chinese ancient poetry and dance performed by Park Street students have showed their rich Chinese learning achievements, and the performances come form the Chinese guests also attracted every student. This wonderful Chinese cultural feast has left every student and teacher of Park Street a deep impression.
-- by CAO Xi
CINB Attended the Multicultural Evening of Park Street Elementary School
On Jan. 22nd 2014, CINB attended the “Multicultural Evening” of Park Street Elementary School.
“Multicultural Evening” is a big event for Park Street which always attracts many immigrants from different countries to show their own culture every year. Since CINB has been offering Chinese culture and language teaching in the Park Street School almost 3 years, it was invited to attend this event to present Chinese culture. Ms Jing Teng, the Director of CINB, Prof. YANG Jianhua, the Chinese Director of CINB and the Volunteer Chinese Teacher Cao Xi decorated Chinese culture exhibition booth with many kinds of Chinese cultural elements. Paper-cut, tea utensil and traditional Chinese painting aroused great interest of audiences; however, the most popular item of Chinese character was calligraphy. The Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Mr. Graydon Nicholas, with his wife, also came to try to write Chinese characters with the brush under the instruction of the volunteer Chinese teacher to experience the Chinese writing art.
During the event, CINB also had an interview with the Principal of Park Street School, Mr. Treadwell.
At last, the volunteer Chinese teacher Cao Xi, with 14 students from Park Street performed the last program, I am learning Dizigui. The wonderful performance which combined Chinese traditional dance with Kung fu win warm applause from the audiences and also showed a rich achievement of Chinese teaching in Park Street.
The Teacher of CINB was Invited to join the Christmas party of New Brunswick Anglophone South School District
The Teacher of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, Jiang Jie was Invited by International Student Coordinator to join the Christmas party of New Brunswick Anglophone South School District on 19th December.
Christmas party is one of the most important and interesting Christmas activities, the party is held in st John's city bureau of education. Chinese teacher got the warm welcome from Miss Zoe ,the superintendent and introduced to everyone. Because the dinner food is Chinese food, many people were interested in the name of the Chinese dishes, the Chinese teacher introduced it and taught them.
This party is for the staff of Anglophone South School District officers, Chinese teacher is the only foreign guest who was invited to participate in.
The 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference held in Beijing
Three representatives from CINB attended the 8th global CIs Conference held in Beijing from 7th to 8th December, 2013 at the invitation from Hanban. They are Mr. Eric Smith, the Superintendant from AEI, Ms Jing Teng, the Director of CINB and Prof. YANG Jianhua, the Chinese Director of CINB. They met with the Hanban officials during the conference, visited Hanban Office and discussed about the work of CINB in 2014.
The 8th global Confucius Institute Conference has taken place during the 7th to 8th of December in Beijing. The event brings together university presidents and heads of Confucius Institutes from all over the world.
More than 2,200 attendees from over 400 Confucius Institutes are here, along with representatives from Chinese universities.
Sponsored by the China Education Ministry, the Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institution, designed to help foreigners learn about China through courses in language and culture.
So far, China has established 440 Confucius Institutes globally. And over 500 Confucius Classrooms are in operation worldwide at middle and elementary schools.
Chinese teacher in Saint John
Written by Jiang Jie
I’m the first Chinese teacher of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick from China. For me, the year of 2013 has too many transitions, the biggest one is that I was sent to Saint John working by myself after my Thailand tenure. Living and working alone in a strange city, from all the strangeness of this city on September to all the familiarity now, I really experienced a lot .
First of all, life, you need to get everything done bravely by yourself. From the trifles of life, to know the traffic conditions of this city to all kinds formalities of social insurance and medicare insurance, are all need solved by myself. I am very grateful that I have a brave heart and persistence,and two years’ experience in Thailand.
For work, everything is starting from the beginning because I’m the only Chinese teacher in this city. I’m teaching at Harbour view high school， Saint John High School and St. Malachy’s Memorial High School. The main content is Chinese traditional culture such as paper-cut Peking Opera and so on, at the same time,there will be taught some basic Chinese language.
Because there is propagating lack before , the students don’t know they have the opportunity to learn Chinese . So I asked for broadcast the place and time of the club every time, I made posters including the time and place and contents of the class on the school publicity column in advance , I sent email to every teacher asking for help, I found the Chinese international students of the high school hoping them disseminate Chinese program. Hard work pays off, after a lot of efforts,there is a good development of Chinese clubs in this semester.
Because of Thailand teaching experience for the similar age of students as here, I know how to catch the students attention and teach them. I try to keep the interest of the club : I taught them paper cutting, facial make-up of Beijing opera,and Chinese traditional food;sent them some interesting videos through email , communicated with them as friends. Many students are interested in learning Chinese ,they want to learn Chinese language ,so they wrote applications to principal. And we got the permission to increase the class.