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 25th of July, a small group of 5 primary school students aged from 11 – 12 and 2 teachers from Hangzhou Zhaohui Experimental Primary School came to visit our school. They arrived at 9.30 and got straight into a school tour with Mr. Grossek. In Mandarin room, 10 Mandarin extension group students showed 2 dances to the Chinese visitors and they sang along with the songs and learnt the dance from us. Then the kids separated of into groups of 3 to start the activity of making boomerangs. They also had a bit chat and played together at recess time. That was a really fun day!
In January, I was very pleased to visit our new sister school- Huajiadi Experimental Primary School in Beijing, China. The school was established in 1994 and currently has 3893 students and 266 staff in four campuses. I met the principals and the coordinator of International Exchange Program at the main campus. The students in Huajiadi were so excited when they received the postcards and jigsaw paintings from our students. As a gift exchange, our school was given some beautiful paintings and red banners which were made by Huajiadi Grade 4 students for Chinese New Year. We look forward to more meaningful and ongoing connections with our sister school in future.
On Tuesday the 8th of September, Mr. Xu who is from Confucius institution of Melbourne University came to our school to teach the two Mandarin extension groups about Chinese painting. Mr. Xu taught us how to use Chinese traditional painting brushes to paint a detailed picture of a bamboo stem & leaves and a chrysanthemum (Chinese flower).
Chinese calligraphy and painting is a form of calligraphy widely practiced in China and loved in the Chinese cultural sphere, which often includes Japan, Korea and Vietnam. The calligraphic tradition in East Asia originated and was developed in China. Chinese calligraphy is related to techniques like ink and wash painting, since they are accomplished using similar tools and techniques.
Everybody enjoyed the session. It was fun to learn how to paint traditional paintings. We would like to thank Mr. Xu for teaching us how to paint the picture.
To help all the students experience the Chinese culture, Grade Six has shown us a wonderful Chinese Culture Expo. The whole school has visited the Expo and enjoyed the special Chinese food, lovely Chinese national animal–panda, and popular sports in China. We had a lot of fun during the Expo!
My name is Jamison and I’m your other Mandarin Captain for 2015. Today you will get to know a little bit about me! I am 12 years old and I’m in grade 6, with Miss Gilliland teaching me. I have 1 lazy brother called Jackson. I have 1 dog I used to have fish but then the birds came around… I love playing basketball because its so fast pace and a team sport. And last but not least I like to play video games.
My name is Nelia and I’m one of your Mandarin Captains for 2015. here is some information about me. I am 11 years old. This year I am in grade 6, with Mr Pryor as my teacher. I have 2 sisters named Talisha and Gabriella (Gabby).One of them, are in prep and her name is Talisha. I don’t have any pets. My favorite subject at school is maths, multiplication to be exact. those are some facts about me!