In the afternoon on June 14, 2016, all seats have been occupied in the gym of Assiniboine Avenue Elementary School, in Oromocto. There were more than 200 people--- the official from Bureau of Education, primary school students, parents, teachers, as well as Director Jing Teng, Vice-director Minhong Li, CINB teacher Jie Jiang, Fazhou Fei, Nannan Li and so on, gathering together to enjoy the first "Chinese culture day" held by CINB in this city.
The very important guest Mrs. Jacqueline·Firlotte is from Bureau of Education. First, principal of Assiniboine Avenue Elementary School, Mrs. Beth·Ryder made a speech. She fully affirmed the value of Confucius Institute teachers’ work at school, sharing the wonderful Chinese culture with the children, as well letting the children experience China for the first time. Through the learning of more than ten weeks, our kids have been fully curious about Chinese culture, such as Chinese songs, dance, handcraft, Chinese characters, chopsticks, panda and the landscape and so on. Finally, the principal expressed deep gratitude to the two Chinese teachers Minhong Li and Nannan Li by presenting cards and flowers. Meanwhile, all the audiences broke into warm applause. Mrs. Firlotte also made a warm speech. She fully affirmed the idea of Assiniboine Avenue Elementary School and their efforts of bringing multi-culture into the campus, as well as the contribution of CINB to spreading the multi-culture, and she wished a complete success of our “Chinese Culture Day”.
This activity was characterized with a large group of participants, young kids performers, and parents mostly from the biggest military base Gagetown. There were more than 100 students from 6 classes of grade 1 and grade 2 being involved. Their average age is only five or six years old. But they danced so well, and got so big applause with enthusiastic cheers by performing Chinese handkerchief dance, ribbon dance, fan dance, umbrella dance, lantern dance, and aerobics in perfect position. It’s hard to imagine young kids could let the handkerchief rapidly rotate, play fans skillfully, let umbrella dance, let lanterns fly up and down and wave ribbon like dancing snake and flying dragon. The parents showed the pride on their face, all of them were moved by such outstanding performances of their own kids, and felt honored for the children to have a chance to learn in a multi-cultural atmosphere. When Chinese songs "jasmine", "wish you prosperity", "blooming peach blossom", "dancing tonight", "spring dawn" sounded in the gym, all the audiences moved with music rhythm and followed the kids’ dance to shake up. The gym was completely intoxicated in the atmosphere of Chinese culture.
We believe this successful activity will actively affect the Chinese teaching at school in the future, get more recognition from our principal and teachers, and give us more space to further development. And at the same time, it also has a great influence on surrounding primary and middle schools, and has laid a good foundation of promoting Chinese culture in this city. We believe that there will be more and more Chinese cultural activities in this area, bringing greater influence on the neighborhood. We believe Confucius Institute will make more contributions to the local multi-cultural exchange.
2016年6月14日下午一点，加拿大新布伦瑞克省奥罗莫科托市Assiniboine Avenue Elementary School 体育馆里座无虚席，来自教育局的官员、小学生、家长、老师，以及孔子学院滕菁院长、李敏红副院长和费发洲老师、蒋洁老师和志愿者李楠楠老师等200余人齐聚一堂，共同见证这个城市第一次“中国文化日”活动的隆重举行。