On the 8th of August, five Taichi students came to Language Centre of Bendigo Senior Secondary College to make dumplings. Though they could do Taichi very well , it was their first time of making dumplings. Chinese teachers at BSSC Confucius Classroom got the dumplings wrappers and the filling prepared beforehand, and also demonstrated several ways of folding dumplings. The Taichi students observed very carefully first and did their own dumplings very successfully at the end. After that, Chinese teachers showed them how to steam-fry the dumplings. Everyone enjoyed the dumplings and couldn't help saying how yummy the dumplings were.
Since BSSC Confucius Classroom has provided Taichi session three years ago, nearly 20 students have been recruited . Throughout these years, Chinese teachers and Taichi students have built a strong connection. Whenever we need to promote our program to the public , there are always students from Taichi class coming forward to support us. We performed Taichi on formal stages before as well as on temporary stages on the walking street, and the public just enjoyed the performance. If you are interested in learning Taichi, you are most welcomed to join us from 9:30-10:30 on Tuesdays morning at Rosalind Park.
中国艺术家凳子到访本迪戈中学孔子课堂 Chinese artist Dengzi came visit Bendigo Senior Secondary College Confucius Class
On 27th of July, Chinese artist Dengzi ,invited by La Trobe University Confucius Institute, came visit Bendigo Senior Secondary College, teaching about 50 Camphill Primary School students to draw pandas at Language Centre, BSSC Confucius Classroom.
During the activity, teachers introduced the culture of Chinese painting first, and then taught everyone to hold the brush pen properly. After that, artist Dengzi led the students to adjust painting pigment, draw the outline and paint on rice paper . Working step by step, the students were able to complete their paintings at the end.
Mr. Lin Juncai gave the custom-made Confucius Classroom plates to the visitors and took a group photo with them.
Students show their works.
Epsom Primary School had a Chinese Cultural Day
A Chinese Cultural Day was held in Epsom Primary School in Bendigo, Australia on 19th June, 2017 by the BSSC Confucius Classroom.
Students from Gr 3-6 took part in the four activities: paper cutting, chopstick challenge, dumpling making and ink blowing painting with enthusiasm and showed their great talent and creation in their works. They all enjoyed this cultural day and said they would like more cultural activities in the future.
Epsom Primary School is one of the first schools joining in the Chinese Programme with the BSSC Confucius Classroom. The students there have been learning Chinese for over 4 years. This cultural day which was like by many students has enabled them to experience the traditional Chinese culture as well as the Chinese language.
Nihao, everyone! I am here to share with you some exciting news that happened during the school holidays. Around 60 students from different primary schools in the Bendigo area participated in the Easter Day Parade on Sunday 16th April. All the students formed into a big team and we were definitely the centre of the attention for the parade. All the students first put on colourful costumes and had some finger food. After a short break and performance practice, everyone headed down to the venue together. The whole team sang two traditional Chinese songs Two Tigers and Gong Xi Gong Xi (Congratulations in Chinese) and did a fabulous dance of the Chinese version of the Chicken Dance, as this year is the Year of the Rooster. All the students showed great manners throughout the whole parade and received so much positive feedback from parents and the audience. I am excited to show you some of the photos taken.
Chinese Cultural Experience Workshop
This month our kids actively participate in different cultural learning activities so to celebrate both the Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival. As we know that 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster ‘Ding You’(丁酉)， also the animal year of the people under the zodiac sign of Rooster. Therefore, at this week’s Chinese Cultural Experience Workshop we have our students to make paper rooster lanterns. After the Confucius Classroom teacher from Bendigo Senior College quickly show them some beautiful samples and simply demonstrate how to make the lantern step by step, our children just can’t wait to make a quick start on their own D.I.Y. creation. Actually some creative ideas from them actually are very inspiring, for example they make a bow tie for the chook, and copy Donald Trump’s hair style for the rooster. We are so proud of what we have made and created while we have great fun.
不积跬步，无以至千里；不积小流，无以成江海(A journey of thousands of miles may not be achieved through accumulation of each single step, just as the enormous ocean may not be formed without gathering every stream). Come to join us and make your small single step on every Monday. Step after step the ladder is ascended, and your written Chinese is developed.
当地时间二月二十一号，本迪戈高中代理校长Linda Lyons携语言中心的各位同仁为在本校工作两年的公派教师胡慧举办欢送会，表彰她这两年来为本迪戈高中孔子课堂所作出的贡献，为当地中小学的学生们带来的丰富多彩的文化体验。汉办公派教师们不但在教学岗位上兢兢业业，而且在中华文化推广方面也不遗余力，既拓宽了当地中小学生的视野，也有助于塑造他们的多元文化视角。接着，Linda Lysons女士为胡慧老师颁发了本迪戈高中的纪念马克杯，纪念瓷盘还有办公包，感谢她这两年的工作。胡慧老师也感谢了本迪戈高中和这段美好的人生体验。 最后，在Linda的建议下，大家一起合影留念。 Linda女士对即将离任的公派教师进行表彰，对正在履行自己职责的在任的公派教师们也是一种激励和鞭策，希望我们在任的公派教师们也能圆满完成自己的任务，做好汉语和中国文化的推广大使.
The farewell meeting to Hanban teacher Hui Hu was held by the Acting Principal Linda Lyons of Bendigo Senior Secondary College and the staff at the language centre on 21 Feb, 2017. Hui has been working as a Confucius Classroom teacher at the BSSC Confucius Classroom since January, 2015 and has widely delivered Chinese and Chinese culture to the local students and communities. Ms Linda Lyons issued the BSSC mug, plate and bag to Hui and thanked her for her hard work in the past two years. Hui expressed her thanks to BSSC and the principal, and had a group photo taken with Linda and the rest of the staff. This farewell meeting also encouraged the rest of the Hanban teachers to work hard in BSSC Confucius Classroom in the future.
With the great support from the Confucius Classroom from the Bendigo Senior College, our Chinese Cultural Experience Workshop is back to school this week. We feel grateful that our committed and passionate learners keep coming back to the workshop. After a long celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year (15 days), this Monday, our kids joyfully practice writing some lucky phrases in Chinese with the brush. Most students choose to write down the very popular Chinese character “福” which means happiness and good fortune. Some students even challenge themselves further by writing down some good luck wishes like “大吉大利” and “恭喜发财” which often can be seen on the red envelopes红包. It is also delightful to see our new Preps actually take part in writing some simple Chinese characters such as 一，二，三，十.
The First Chinese Classes in Term 1 of 2017
The staff at the BSSC Confucius Classroom returned to their jobs after Christmas in 2017, and everyone was ready for the new term. The first classes started at the second week of the term, and as a new member of the team, I felt honored and pleased to observe and share the first classes at different primary schools in Bendigo.
The very first class in this term I observed was a virtual class delivered to Cardross Primary School on the first day of Week 2, which surprised me. I was told later that the Polycom video conferencing unit has been used since last year, and this virtual learning program has been successful in the past one year.
With the hot weather, the first Chinese classes were conducted during the past one week at different primary schools in Bendigo, including Violet Street, Goornong, Camphill, Marong and etc, in which, I felt the enthusiasm of the teaching staff and the students, and also their curiosity about the Chinese culture. I could also see the importance and the great developing prospects of the international Chinese language education. All of the above made me confident in delivering Chinese and Chinese culture. Next I will share a few pictures of the first Chinese classes.
Mahjong is a widespread Chinese traditional game. It is said that Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher developed Mahjong in approximately 500 BC.
During the Mid-autumn festival of 2016, the Mahjong class came back to the Confucius classroom to celebrate this important festival together.
Dozens of students came to Confucius classroom to play Mahjong on Wednesday nights. The Confucius classroom invited a guest teacher - Liangpei Li who is an associate professor in China to teach Mahjong. In the Mahjong class, Mr Li introduced the history and the equipment of this game. Students learned the basics and standard rules of Mahjong and did plenty of in-session practice. “Playing Mahjong is so fun and it is a game of skill calculation and luck. It is a wonderful Chinese cultural experience” Some of the students said.
Community class students also had moon cakes with Chinese tea while enjoying Mahjong. It was full of laughs and happiness in the classroom.
This Thursday, the whole school celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. In the Chinese section, with the support of Confucius Classroom of Bendigo Senior College(Thank you Mr Lin, Ms Hu, Ms Zhang and Ms Wang), our Camp Hill kids enjoy dumpling making, tasting traditional food and art craft making. Can you imagine that most of our kids have ‘magic hands’ and naturally know how to make beautiful dumplings with different shapes? They have all done a fantastic job on making dumplings.
The dumpling workshops are held in the staff room. Prior to starting the workshop, the Chinese teacher explains to students that ‘making dumplings is considered very good luck. Dumplings signify that wealth and treasure will come to you’. After showing the ingredients of making beef and vegetable dumplings, the teacher demonstrates the technique of making different styles of dumplings such as sun flower and gold fish. All students then have a chance to form and sample finished dumplings.
The highlight of the workshop is of course tasting the products of their effort. The juicy dumpling made by our kids definitely taste better than anything mums buy in the supermarket, store or restaurant. They feel like a rock star when they gaze upon the unique dumplings with personal style. The dumpling making activity is fun and satisfying, and it brings so much joy and laughter to our students.