Chinese Immersion Day was a wonderful opportunity for all students from year 7 to participate in a day of learning about Chinese culture. Funded by Confucius Institute, presenters from Sinofield and Lion Dance Me Australia kept the students captivated for the whole day.
A separate excursion for four Year 8 classes (8E, 8H, 8M and 8P) went to Sinofield in the Blue Mountains for Chinese cultural immersion. The activities on the day included making dumplings, calligraphy, dragon dancing and traditional tea ceremony. There was also a wonderful smoke ceremony.
The day started with the students meeting the staff that would help them throughout the day. They then split into class groups. There was a morning tea of traditional Chinese tea and Chinese snacks. Calligraphy was first practiced with water that had an ink-like appearance when used on special paper. Students then used real ink and paper to take home when they felt confident. Students made their own dumplings and got to eat their own creations for lunch. Lunchtime also involved a serving of dumplings (not made by students!) and fried rice. Dragon dancing was a fierce competition between groups, and the best dragon dancers won a prize to take home to commemorate the event.
A big thank you to Year 8 for their wonderful behaviour and all the staff of Sinofield for this great day.
We would like to welcome Ms Hao to our school. She will be working as a Language Teaching assistant until December 2017. We look forward to all the wonderful things Ms Hao will be teaching us about her language and culture during her stay.
We were honoured to receive praise from some of our guests:
From Elizabeth Wang, R/Confucius Officer, Secondary Education, Learning and Teaching Directorate, NSW Department of Education and Communities:
"Congratulations! On such a wonderful and successful Confucius Classroom Opening Ceremony.
On behalf of Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education, I would like to thank you very much to all of you who give generously of their time and expertise in organising this event.
Your hard work is greatly appreciated!
We are so pleased to hear that the number of Chinese language learners has increased significantly, and we hope that the Confucius Classroom will provide practical resources and learning opportunities for teachers and students.We look forward to hearing more great news form the Confucius Classroom."
From Professor Ning(Linda) Zhang, Deputy Director, Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education, Secondary Education, Learning and Teaching Directorate, NSW Department of Education:
"Please let me once again congratulate your school on organising such a successful Confucius Classroom Opening Ceremony yesterday. So glad to see it went so well.
Please let me once again express my BIG thanks on behalf of our university to all of you for your invitation and great hospitality. A beautiful day that stays in our mind forever.
And thank you for everything you did to support in organising the day and strong support in our Chinese teaching and Chinese culture. Fantastic!!!"
As part of our New Year Celebrations, Ms Ellis will be providing celebration activities on Wednesday 10 February during Periods 3 & 4. Videos of the event entertainment can be found in the pictures tab on the left. Photos from the event can be found in the Gallery
Bonnyrigg High School officially applied to Confucius Institute Headquarters to be part of the Confucius Classrooms program. Please enjoy our Opening Newsletter.
The Model Confucius Classroom document (PDF 601KB) has been developed for NSW public schools with, or looking to establish, a Confucius Classroom. The document includes:
- a description of the eight fundamental operating elements of a Confucius Classroom, linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
- role statements for key personnel, including the teacher, principal, native speaker assistant and Confucius Institute at NSW Department of Education team
- information about establishing a Confucius Classroom and available support
- contacts and resources.