Given China’s vast population, growing economy, increasing political power and closer trading partnership with Australia, learning Chinese today can definitely set your children up to take advantage of many opportunities in their future career. We will never have enough time to practice writing Chinese characters in the class, therefore, please encourage your children come and join us on each Monday. Five Chinese characters a week, 200 Chinese characters a year. We learn and we have fun.
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.
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。
August 15, 2016, it was a special day for Goornong Primary School students as they experienced a special Chinese culture – ink blowing painting.
Ink blowing painting is a modern creation technique in traditional Chinese ink painting. There is no need for a brush, but to drip ink on paper and use mouth or straw to blow it into shape, fingers or cotton buds are then used to add colours to complete the painting. The plum blossom Goornong Primary School students are going to paint is one of the most typical plants -- plum blossoms in Chinese painting.
After Ms Hu, from Bendigo Senior Secondary College Confucius Classroom, introduced the symbolism of Chinese ink painting and plum blossom in Chinese culture, she explained the techniques and tools needed for this task and demonstrated the steps in the creation process.
Students were very keen when it was their turn to start painting. Each student was given a piece of paper, a straw and a cotton bud, along with some red and yellow paint. As soon as Ms Hu dripped ink onto their paper, students started to blow the plum branches. While painting the plum blossoms, students were immersed in classic Chinese music ‘Three Stanzas of Plum Blossoms’.
After students blew the branches, they used cotton buds to dot red petals, some also used yellow paint to dot the stamen.
Now the plum blossoms are completed, but the painting is not completed. A complete Chinese painting is a combination of painting, calligraphy and seal. Therefore, students need to name the painting and leave the date with their names. As students have no seal, they left their finger prints on the painting.
Looking at their own work, students were fulfilled with a sense of accomplishment. Look at their beautiful smiles!
9th of August, it was Chinese Valentine’s Day. Teachers of Bendigo Senior Secondary College Confucius Classroom held some Chinese cultural experience activities.
During those activities, teachers introduced the story about Niulang and Zhinu ,who were a couple being forced to separate by the Queen of heaven , printed the pictures of Niulang, Zhinu and magpies, drilled holes on each magpie , and asked students to let a thread go through all the holes consecutively to build a bridge for Niulang and Zhinu.
Community class on every Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 6:40 is a project that Bendigo Senior Secondary College has been promoting with a lot of effort. The age range of community class students is very wide, from 5 years old to more than 60 years old. In addition to Chinese teaching, teachers from Confucius classroom hold the Chinese culture related activities, such as Chinese knots, paper cutting, ink painting, Beijing opera mask painting for the students.
Chinese cuisine plays an important role in Chinese culture. Dumpling is one of the most popular traditional food in China and also very popular around the world.
At the end of the first semester 2016, students in Bridgewater Primary School got to know more Chinese culture by making dumplings.
At the beginning of the dumpling making session, a Chinese Hanban teacher Ms Zhang Chunjing gave students a brief introduction to Chinese dumplings and the culture about them. And then Ms Zhang explained the ingredients and demonstrated how to make dumplings step by step. The students were very engaged and enjoyed the process of making dumplings. Everyone was very excited to make the dumplings by themselves. Once they understood how to wrap the dumplings, they tried some other different ways to folding the wrappers.
Ms Zhang cooked the dumplings while a Chinese VIT teacher Mr Zhang Xinran had some other Chinese activities with the students.
All the students enjoyed the delicious taste of the dumplings made by themselves and they shared the delicacy with their teachers at school.
At Big Hill Primary School, we have enjoyed the celebration of the ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ over the past two weeks. The festival was originally initiated to pay tribute to a famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan (340 BC). The festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional lunar calendar and it was on 9th of June this year. There is a range of activities that Chinese people do to celebrate the festival, such as eating Zongzi (rice dumplings), racing dragon boats and beating drums.
The whole school did a fantastic job decorating the scales of a huge dragon as part of the celebration of the festival and it was on display on the Chinese board. Both parents and students were so excited to see the artwork. Also, Year 5 and 6 students spent some time making their own dragon drum with paper plates and colourful beads. Some of them even did a performance with it on the assembly. Year 3 and 4 made origami dragon boats and practised the relevant Chinese characters.
All the students had a great time and have had a better understanding about the Dragon Boat Festival. Here I am glad to share some of the photos that were taken during our celebration.
为了庆祝端午节，Big Hill 小学进行了许多有趣又有意义的活动。所有学生齐心协力做了一条手工巨龙并在中文板上展出。大家都很兴奋地寻找自己装饰的那块鳞片。此外，五六年级学生还用漂亮的纸盘子和五颜六色的珠子每人做了一个手工拨浪鼓，三四年级学生做了很多有创意的龙舟折纸。
The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne and the Chinese Language Teacher's Association of Victoria (CLTAV) are proud to present a forum which will focus specifically on how parents of non-Chinese background learners of Mandarin can promote a healthy learning environment for their children. The forum will include a panel of distinguished guests including:
- John Tuckfield, Director of Teaching and Learning at Camberwell Grammar School
- Tracie Winch, Parent at Melbourne Girls’ College
- Alexander McLeod, Head of Chinese, Northcote High School
- Eszter Ovlachi, Student at Alkira Secondary College, Winner of the 2015 Victoria Secondary School Chinese Bridge Competition
This event is particularly relevant for parents who would like to increase their child’s confidence in learning Chinese at primary school, high school and VCE level.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children along on the evening.
Time: 6.30pm-8pm June 16 (Thursday)
Location: Carrillo Gantner Theatre (B02), Sidney Myer Asia Centre, 158/761 Swanston St, Parkville VIC 3052
For parents and teachers from regional Victoria and interstates, you are welcome to participate in this event using Adobe Connect. It is an online meeting space that allows us to communicate and present to each other synchronously. There are two options for connecting to the Forum:
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