Chinese New Year at BBIS
At BBIS, students have the chance to study four languages, often in addition to the home language they speak. Everybody learns to communicate in English and German, and from grade 6 many students choose French or Spanish as an additional language. For those students who wish to explore yet another culture and language from grade 9, we offer Mandarin in grades 9 and 10. Please read on to find out how students explore traditions and acquire skills in those lessons!
By Ashni Murray, Mandarin Teacher in grades 9 and 10
To celebrate the Year of the Pig, grade 9 Mandarin students participated in a range of cultural activities. These included learning not only how to use chopsticks and then battling with friends to get as many sweets as possible using their new found skills, but also mastering Chinese paper folding by making flowers, cranes and animals and refining the art of writing characters through calligraphy.
Students also learned about different customs during this period, for instance, red envelopes filled with money are given to younger generations rather than gifts; lion dancing and dragon dancing are performed to scare away evil spirits and people gather together with their families.
The grade 9 pupils were joined by three native speaker students, Jianing, Derrick and Siu Chen who helped make this an even more special experience. A big thank you to them.
We wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! 祝大家新年快乐，身体健康！