|Learning Chinese in Bendigo 本迪戈高中 孔子课堂 BSSC Confucius Classroom||
当地时间5月18日，第11届“汉语桥”世界中学生中文比赛墨尔本赛区预赛顺利举行。澳大利亚本迪戈中学孔子课堂四名选派选手艾米·达恩（Amy Dunn)、珍珠·萨蒙-沃特森(Pearl Salmon-Watson)、卡洛·戴维斯（Kalo Davis)和劳伦·怀特（Lauren White)与其他12位选手同台竞技，在比赛中表现出色，充分展示了自己的汉语水平，赢得在场评委、嘉宾和观众的一致认可。
On 26th April, a Chinese lesson was given to a group of 4-year-old kindergarten children at Nuture One Childcare centre by the Chinese teachers (Juncai Lin, Lin Xu, Di Wang) from Confucius Classroom of Bendigo Senior Secondary College (BSSC). It was an exciting experience for the children because this was the first of its kind where Mandarin native speaker teachers came to their classroom and interacted with them.
The lesson started with a group conversation led by the Mandarin teachers helping the children become aware of the different languages they were listening to. Then the children followed the teachers and counted the numbers in many ways in Mandarin to make it fun while learning them. The children were then engaged in a dumpling cooking session that involved practising their motor skills with hands and fingers. Everyone was very keen and enthusiastic about making their first dumpling. As they finished making the first one, they were very proud of themselves and were eager to make more.
The children practised counting the number in Mandarin again while playing Hide and Seek. When it was close to the end of the game, lunch time came and they got to enjoyed the dumplings as part of their lunch that day.
The taster program for the kindergarten children was a great success with very positive feedback received from the childcare centre’s manager, educators, parents and children. BSSC Confucius Classroom currently leads the Chinese language and culture learning program for more than 5800 students across 28 schools in Bendigo and we aims to extend our support of Mandarin learning to younger children in the kindergarten levels in the next few months.
At the end of Term One, Grade 3 to 6 students from Golden Square Primary School have participated in two interesting lessons of Learning Chinese with Art.
They have done a fantastic job learning some language and cultural knowledge in their Chinese class using some art knowledge. We have had a look at how people with Chinese background around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year, and we have learnt some traditions that people have kept to get ready for the Chinese New Year, such as cleaning the house, putting up red lucky Chinese character ‘福’ and eating dumplings at night. The art teacher also showed students some work she has collected about Chinese New Year. Grade 3 and 4 students have completed an amazing art work ‘the Year of the Dog’ as the ending of the unit and Grade 5 and 6 students have made a marvellous ending by completing a craft work ‘The Story of Nian’.
Then, Grade 3 and 4 have learnt more knowledge about China including the Chinese population, the traditional family structure in China and the Chinese flag. They got a chance to create both the Chinese flag and Australian flag with paint and brushes. Grade 5 and 6 students have focused on the Chinese Zodiac. We have learnt the pronunciation and writing of all the 12 Zodiac animals and conducted an interesting research about the particular characteristics that people born in different animal years may have. Finally, they made their own Zodiac Books in groups and some of their works have been displayed in school.
I would like to show some lovely photos taken during our lessons.
On 27th of March, Miss Wang Yilin, a Hanban teacher from Bendigo Senior Secondary College held a fun Chinese cultural class for nearly 60 students at Violet Street Primary School.
During the session, based on the cultural difference between Australia and China, Miss Wang asked the students “What’s the most important festival in Australia and in China? What do people eat on that day?” Some students said it would be Christmas and what their family usually had on that day and some students said that it would be Easter and what they usually had on that day. All the students could tell that the most important festival to Chinese people would be Chinese New Year, also known as , Spring Festival. Students said that Chinese people ate dumplings ,spring rolls,shrimps and etc on Chinese New year. Miss Wang made some comments on their answers and also mentioned people from northern part of China and southern part of China actually had different preference on their daily food and the food even differed on New Year’s Day. However, Chinese southerns and Chinese northerners would all have fish on Chinese New Year. Because fish sounds “surplus” in Chinese language. If a person eats fish at the beginning of the year, he will have some “surplus” at the end of the year, and eventually he will become very rich.
Then, Miss Wang wrote the character “ 鱼” on the board and explain the structure of the character and also led the students to read a few times. After that, Miss Wang taught the students how to make a movable fish with colored paper . With clear instructions, every student made a fish successfully .
In this session, students not only realised the cultural difference between Australia and China, but also got to know a little bit more about China.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College Confucius Classroom, on 23 March 2018, participated in the annual School Fair of Strathfieldsaye Primary School. Its participation brought different character and taste to the annually held School Fair. Four different cultural stalls, including Taste of Dumplings, Chinese Traditional Costume Dress-Up, Chinese Blossom Painting and Chopstick Challenge were prepared to celebrate this festive activity. Hundreds of students and parents came to these stalls to experience the special features of China, from the delicacy of Chinese authentic food to the beauty of Chinese arts, delivered by the Confucius Classroom teachers.
孔子课堂的团队也受邀请参加了此次活动。孔子课堂的活动分为中国美食（饺子）体验区、中国传统服饰体验区、艺术体验（画梅花）区和筷子挑战区四个部分。这些活动为此次的嘉年华活动带来了不同的特色与味道。活动刚开始，前来参与的学生家长就排起了长长的队伍，迫不及待想要体验这些有中国特设的活动。Strathfieldsaye小学校长Cindi Bruechert、副校长Julie Ladd以及学校老师们都对孔子课堂和所有来协助活动的老师们表示衷心的感谢。他们祝愿中文项目在学校里会受到到学生们的热爱，并不断发展。
Cindi Bruechert and Julie Ladd, the principal and the assistant principal of Strathfieldsaye Primary School, as well as the school teachers expressed their gratitude for the support of Confucius Classroom in the School Fair. They all hope that the Chinese program will continue to engage students and flourish in the school.
From the 21th of March, fund-raising activity for China trip was held by students from Bendigo South East college. With the help from local Chinese teacher and 2 hanban teachers from Bendigo Senior Secondary College Confucius Classroom, the students made dumplings and Chinese-flag cupcakes and sold to the whole school.
Before lunchtime, the students were already busy in the school canteen preparing for Chinese food. They planned to make dumplings and cupcakes with Chinese flag on them to make the food meaningful for this China trip. They also prepared vegetable dumplings for vegetarian students and teachers. All the students were led by themselves and were well-organized as well. When the lunchtime bell rang, 200 dumplings and 30 cupcakes were ready for the students and teachers to try. In front of the selling table, the queue was so-long that there weren’t enough dumplings to sell to them. Within a short period, all the food were sold out.
‘it was tiring preparing for this fund-raising activity, but I learnt to make dumplings by myself. I am looking forward for the China trip.’ A student from Bendigo South East college said.
The students experienced the fun of making typical Chinese food apart from language learning with this fund-raising activity. The up-coming China trip has also become more meaningful for them.
在澳大利亚，3月21日是多元文化和谐日（Harmony Day）。在这一天，每个人都有机会拥抱澳大利亚这个国家的文化多样性，以传播包容、尊重、文化归属感并促进各族群文化的和谐共荣。 这个星期三， 我们本迪戈高中孔子课堂的王老师和徐老师来到营山小学与当地学生一起庆祝了这个独特的节日。在王老师和徐老师的鼎力支持下，营山小学的学生高高兴兴地体验了像中国人一样包饺子、煎饺子和用筷子吃饺子的过程。在享受了地道美味的中华传统美食以后，同学们还跟着王老师和徐老师学习五步拳和太极拳，真实地体验到了中国功夫的无限魅力。
At Camp Hill Primary School we all celebrated Harmony Day for a whole week. In our daily life we often use food as a means of retaining our cultural identity. People from different cultural backgrounds eat different foods. Therefore, to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community, in Chinese class we made dumplings which the Chinese cooks have enjoyed a version known as 饺子（jiǎo zi） for more than 1,800 years. Today, 饺子（jiǎo zi） is still one of the most tractional dishes in most parts of northern China. In northern China, making dumplings is an important activity for most families on New Year’s Eve. For people who live overseas like me, no words can precisely describe our affection for饺子（jiǎo zi）, as this food has already become a symbol of home and warmth.
In the dumpling making workshop, our students happily experienced this cultural activity by cooking and eating like Chinese people. All students (Year One to Year Six) have learned the art of making their own beautiful dumplings in the hands on class. They learnt about some Asian ingredients and how to use them. Some Year Six students also learnt some of the secrets of Ms. Chan’s kitchen by helping as a kitchen hand in the class. They probably will surprise you by cooking you dumplings during the weekend. If you heard the students said ‘It is the best food I have ever had’, you might feel that it was a little bit exaggerated. However, the truth was that they all loved the food and felt excited to use chopsticks to eat dumplings. It was so great to see our students try different foods from different cultures. We all know that it needs courage to take the first step, especially for the little ones.
Luckily, on Wednesday, with the support of Confucius Classroom of Bendigo Senior College(Thank you Mr Lin, Ms Wang and Mr. Xu), our Year 3-4 students also enjoyed the beauty of Chinese martial art. After students finished making dumplings, Ms Wang and Mr. Xu took our students out and taught them how to play Five-step Boxing五步拳（wǔ bù quán） and Taiji太极（tài jí）. Of course, this activity would not help our kids with their agility immediately, but definitely, it brought a lot of joy and laughter to our students and helped them to develop a better understanding of Chinese martial art and Chinese cultures.
It was not surprised that our kids said “We wish every day is harmony day.”
From the 12th of March, Bendigo Senior Secondary College (BSSC) held the annual ‘Cultural Diversity Week’. The teachers and students from different countries and ethnic backgrounds brought together wonderful cultural experiencing activities by cooking delicious food, teaching ethnic dancing and organizing fun games.
At lunchtime on the 14th of March, the Chinese teachers and volunteer students prepared a variety of cultural activities such as food-tasting, chopstick challenge and plum blossom blow painting for our participants. The participants only had to learn ‘Hello! Thanks!’ in Chinese to get delicious spring rolls and dumplings. They also could finish a beautiful ink blowing painting of a plum blossom within five minutes under the guidance of students from the Chinese class. Besides that, they could earn special gifts if they won a game of the chopstick challenge.
The activities have given the students wonderful experiences of typical Chinese culture and also helped raise their interests in Chinese studies.
“The dumplings taste great, I would like to go to China and learn more Chinese culture one day”, said one of the international students.
On February 15th, the Confucius Classroom at Bendigo Senior Secondary College (BSSC) held 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration Event. Linda Lyons, Principle of Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Juncai Lin, Coordinator of the Confucius Classroom and staff of the Confucius Classroom attended the event. Hundreds of students had the opportunity to make Chinese dumplings, dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes, wrote lucky couplets, and honed their Chinese language skills. With the Chinese New Year songs playing in the background and decoration in red, the college welcomed Spring Festival merrily.
Linda Lyons, principle of Bendigo Senior Secondary College dressed in traditional Chinese costume, thanked all the staff in the Confucius Classroom for organising such a fantastic celebration of Lunar New Year at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, and sent her New Year greetings to local Chinese community, partner schools in China and great friends and colleagues at Hanban.
On 21st of November, the 1st Chinese Bridge Competition of Bendigo was organised by BSSC Confucius Classroom together with the other four 7-10 colleges, and held at Bendigo Southeast College. Nearly 80 students and teachers participated in this event.
The participants are expected to prepare a speech in Chinese based on the topic" If there was no internet, what would you do?", as well as a talent show related to Chinese culture. Each candidate delivered their own speech with passion and strong personal characters followed by their well-prepared talent show, which the audience enjoyed very much.
At the end of the competition, Mr. Lin commented on their speech and performance before the winners and awards were announced.
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