The 2016 Year 8, 9&10 Chinese excursion to the Chinese Cultural Museum in Melbourne’s Chinatown district was a great cultural experience for all involved. Students were given the opportunity to develop and engage with the language skills and cultural knowledge that they had gained over the years of Chinese learning.
The excursion began with a scavenger hunt, providing students a chance to explore the heritage listed buildings in Little Bourke Street which tell the story of life for new arrivals in the 1850s. This was followed by a tasty hot-pot lunch that immersed students in the Chinese culture and enriched their experience further.
Following lunch students were engaged in a guided tour of the Chinese museum in which they gain an overview of the Chinese and Chinese-Australian history and culture beginning with Finding Gold, an introduction of life on goldfields in the 1850s and following by understanding the powerful symbol of the Chinese dragon and insights to the life of Chinese Australians.
This excursion allowed for Year 8, 9&10 students to explore the rich and diverse history and culture of China and how it is relevant to Australian today as well as allowing for the application of students’ classroom knowledge to the wider community.
午饭后，学生们在澳华博物馆专业讲解员的带领下，参观了馆内记载、珍藏和陈列的澳籍华裔悠久历史的文献和藏品。澳华博物馆采用一系列推陈出新的展览和传统文化之旅来诠释澳大利亚华人社区的历史、文化和价值观。博物馆还收藏了世界上最长的中国龙——大龙 (Dai Loong) 和千禧龙 (Millennium Dragon)。学生们探索了名垂千古大汉朝展、淘金展、墨尔本的中国龙、往事重温和澳洲华人历史。