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!
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.
On the 10th of April, 18 extension mandarin students went to Myuna farm to participate in the Melbourne Language Picnic. Many different schools and organizations participated in this event as well. Lucky Berwick Lodge Primary was the first one to perform. We performed two Chinese songs and dance which was reported on SBS News. The students and families were all very happy to be involved in this multicultural event within our local community.
On the 25th of February, Berwick Lodge Primary School celebrated Chinese New Year. We celebrated Chinese New Year because of our Mandarin unit and we wanted to celebrate Cultural Diversity.
Overall, it was a fantastic day because every grade got to sing and/or dance, and they loved it!
AT the Open Night, students and their parents enjoyed the Chinese dance, tasted the Chinese tea and did the Chinese paintings using writting brushes. They were also given the Chinese name on their paintings.
Check out some of the Chinese New Year display around our school…
Finger painting of the dragon by the Preps
Lucky Fish by the Grade 4 & Chinese Fans by Grade 6
Money Tree by Grade 5