Happy Mother’s Day!母亲节快乐!

Our students have made their mums Mother’s Day cards in Chinese! They have learned ‘Mu Qin Jie Kuai Le’ (Happy Mother’s Day), ‘Wo Ai Ni MaMa’ (I love you mum) and many adjectives to describe their beloved mums in Chinese. They enjoyed making Chinese paper cutting and panda cards for their mums too! Happy Mother’s Day!

Chinese Flower Bun

In term 2, our extension Mandarin students from grade 3 to 6 have learned to make the ‘Chinese Flower Bun (花馍hua mo)’, which is one of the many aspects of cultural heritage in China.  In the past and very much so in the present, people in Northern China make artistic flower buns using plain flour during celebrative occasions to bring good luck and happiness. Our students had fun creating their own unique flower buns.



Lantern Festival Celebration

On the 2nd of March, students and teachers at Berwick Lodge Primary School celebrated the Lantern Festival – which also marked the end of the Chinese New Year of 2018. Students were wearing traditional Chinese clothes or other clothing and accessories using the lucky colour, ‘red.’ Grade 1 and 2 students performed two songs: ‘Chinese is Easy for You’ and ‘Ni Hao Ma’, while grade 3-6 students have performed ‘Happy Lantern Festival’, the ‘TF Boys Dance’ and the ‘Dragon Dance.’ They did an amazing job and everybody enjoyed the performances. Our morning celebration ended with the students’ grand parade with their buddy grades.

After recess, teachers from the Confucius Institute of La Trobe University came to our school and held different workshops with our children, including cherry-blossom ink art, paper cutting, the story of Lantern Festival and the 12 zodiac animals. What a fun day it was! Happy Chinese New Year and Xin Nian Kuai le!




Spring Festival Rotation Activities

During this year’s Spring Festival, all of our students at BLPS – from prep to year 6 – participated in a series of cultural and language related rotation activities; including storytelling, Chinese calligraphy, ink Fu福 (good luck), Chinese paper cutting, lantern-making, firecracker-making, ‘roleplaying a Chinese restaurant’ and more. Everyone had great fun getting involved in this celebration and had shown their greatly improved knowledge related to the biggest celebration in China and many other Asian countries. We have also learned many useful expressions and words while playing, for example ‘xin nian kuai le 新年快乐 (Happy New Year)’ & ‘gou狗 (dog)’. Happy Spring Festival!



Meet Our 2018 Mandarin Captains!

Hi my name is Emelia and I am one of the mandarin captains this year. I have a dog, a cat, a turtle and a fish. My favourite colour is purple and my favourite animal is a pukeko (swamp hen). I play the  piano and do dancing. I have graduated from swimming and used to do cheerleading with my cousins and sister. I look forward to a fun year of being a mandarin captain. 🙂



Hi my name is Jake Mardini and I am currently 11. I am also a maths lover and a sports lover. I go for Oklahoma city Thunder for Basketball and Detroit Lions for NFL. I like to play Fortnite and NBA 2k18. I am your mandarin captain for this year at Berwick Lodge and hopefully I will get to meet you all.


As captains, we wish you all enjoy learning Mandarin and have fun! : )

Chinese Moon Festival Celebration 2017

On Friday, the 13th of October 2017, the Chinese Moon Festival Celebration was successfully held at Berwick Lodge Primary School, which was supported by Confucius Institute at La Trobe University. Pingrong Dong, the incumbent Chinese director of Confucius Institute at La Trobe, with four teachers from his team and four Chinese folk music instrumentalists from Australia Dunhuang Arts Academy, came to visit our school. They brought us seven wonderful workshops including Number Kongfu, Ping Pong Game, Lantern Handcraft, Seal Cutting, Plum Blossom Painting, Hoop Rolling and Traditional Chinese Music Performance.

One of the highlights to mention was the whole school parade. All students, teachers and parents involved were provided a great opportunity to experience Chinese traditional culture. We interviewed some participants after the festival celebration, and the feedback was very positive and satisfying. Students enjoyed indulging themselves in Chinese culture and they ended up with a lot of inspiration. We would like to extend our gratitude to such a wonderful team from Confucius Institute at La Trobe University, the instrumentalists from Australia Dunhuang Arts Academy, our lovely kids and caring teachers and parents who dressed up and supported on the day.


Meet our Mandarin Captain for 2017

Lucas (the left one)

Hi my name is Lucas, and I am going to tell you a bit about myself.

Firstly, I have a sister she is the most wonderful you could ever have I also have a wonderful mum and dad.

Secondly I love cricket because you get to use a lot of strategies and you have to be focused. My favourite cricket player is Mathew Renshaw because he is a fantastic test cricket player and reminds me of my batting .


Natalia (the right one)

Hi as it says my name is Natalia and I’m one of the Mandarin Captains at B.L.P.S for 2017.

Now I’m going to tell you a bit about myself. So, in my family I have my Magnificent Mum, my Wonderful Dad, my very Helpful and amazing Brother, Damian. Oh how could I have forgotten, My brother and I also have pets. So my brother has two dogs the older one is an Alaskan Malamute, his name is Billy. Damian’s other dog is a Pointer Cross, her name is Harper. My Pet Team concludes of my cat that has a ginger colour fur and is called Shorty. Shorty is 15 years old. I also have a dog, her name is Myszka which means mouse in Polish. Her fur is almost like Shorty’s. Myszka is a Chihuahua Cross Jack Russel and is turning 10 this year. We got Myszka when I was 2 years old and we have had her ever since.

In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, spend time with family and friends, play with animals, play any kind of sport really, cooking, knit and just muck around and have fun. One thing that I didn’t say I liked was photography, but I can honestly say that it might turn out to be my job one day. I really love photography because I find it amazingly fascinating that you can capture a beautiful day, night, moment, time and just look back and see it again.


Everything that we, Lucas and I have written has been true and we really hope that we have helped you get to know us a bit and that you will keep reading about what we B.L.P.S. are getting up to in Mandarin!


Thanks for reading!!

B.L.P.S. Mandarin Captains 2017

Natalia and Lucas