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!
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.
Hi, I’m Freyja and I’m one of your Mandarin captains for 2016. Here is a little bit about myself. I am 11 years old and I have a family of 7, including me, my mum, my dad, my 2 brothers, my sister and my dog. One of my favourite subjects at school is Mandarin. It is fun to learn and it can come in very useful if you do decide to go to China, or any other country that speaks mandarin. I also enjoy doing art, music, and playing outside with my friends and my dog.
Hello my name is Isabella and I am in grade 6m. I am also one of the mandarin captions along with Freija the other mandarin caption for 2016. In my spare time I love to practice my mandarin because I have been doing mandarin for 5 years and I love it !
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.
On Jun 12th, 29 students of Mandarin Extension Group visited National Gallery of Victoria to attend an exhibition called ‘the Golden Age of China’. After an hour of detailed introduction of the rich culture and collections of Qianlong Emperor, the students started their trip to explore a concentration of art works in Qing dynasty. The students have wowed all the way to see stunning ink on silk paintings, dragon-embroidered silk court robes, precious objects in gold and jade and Qianlong’s own paintings and calligraphy. Also they have learned that in Chinese culture, number “9” means longevity, “gold” is the royal colour, “Dragon” symbolizes the emperor and “Phoenix” refers to the empress. Before leaving, the students caught a chance to watch a video that introduced the origins, the construction and decoration style of the Forbidden City, and how it symbolizes authority and power of the emperor. The excursion showed us a fascinating insight into an era of China’s culture and history. It was really a fun and a harvesting experience!