塔省中文学校于2013年8月24日下午1:00pm至3:00pm顺利举办了时隔《文化日》活动之后的又一次《中文秀》活动。有别于《文化日》，此次《中文秀》活动以结合即将到来的中秋佳节为背景，为同学们又一次搭建了能充分展示同学们中文听说能力的平台。家长朋友们、当地朋友们以及我们的全体师生共同期待、欢迎及热烈的响应，使Ogilvie High School的礼堂又一次因传播及弘扬中国文化的魅力座无虚席。
On 24th August 2013, Tasmania Chinese School has once again successfully held another great event, the “Chinese Show”. Different from the “Chinese Cultural Day”, this event used the traditional Chinese Moon-Cake Festival as the cultural background to showcase the students’ Mandarin speaking and listening skills. The Ogilvie High School Hall was once again packed with supportive parents, friends, fellow students and teachers.
To grace the commencement of this meaningful event, the MCs, Ms Haijuan Han and Ms Jinru Jiang invited the President of Chinese Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA) Ms Xin Bai to give the opening speech. In her welcoming speech, Ms Bai passionately expressed her compliment and appreciation to all the teachers, students, parents and those involved in the event for all their efforts and support. She especially thanked the School Principal Ms Kim Phong for her years of dedication, hard work and commitment to the school, as well as the teachers and students. Ms Jan Williamson was the next guest speaker representing the parents to give a speech. Ms Jan expressed her gratitude and appreciation to the principal Ms Kim Phong and all the teachers for their hard work in establishing the Chinese School, acknowledging that it gives students the opportunity to learn the Chinese language as well as the Chinese culture. At the same time she shared with the audience her whole family’s experience with the Chinese School in the past seven years. Big applause from the audience expressed their appreciation and support.
The first performance on the stage was “Heavenly Tibet”, which was performed by the School’s Dancing Group. Colorful Tibetan costumes and beautiful movements, followed by a great applause, brought a wonderful opening to the Show.
“Pull out the radish, pull out the radish, come and help me pull out the radish”, sang the kinder class, while dancing to the music, stimulated a burst of laugh and handclapping from the audience. Guided by the teacher Qin Xia, the second dance of theirs, “My Healthy Baby” was a good expression of the children’s cuteness and loveliness, which also earned a great applause from parents and teachers.
Three small but beautiful butterflies from Class 1 flew elegantly to the stage to the accompanying “Butterfly Song” from the boys in Class 1 under the direction of the teacher Lulu. They then started to dance together to the song “Looking for Friends”. Having found each other, they saluted, shook hands and hugged each other before saying goodbye. Their fluency of singing was highly appreciated by the audience.
Next to the stage was the Calligraphy and Painting Class, lead by the teacher Yue Du. The student showcased their calligraphy skills on the stage, and read out in Chinese their work. The seven characters meant “To The Chinese Show”, which attracted a lot of camera flashes from the audience.
Although Class 2 was a newly opened class in the 3rd semester , they were not nervous at all. Under the guidance of their teacher Zhaoxia they performed the nursery rhyme “A Pair of Little Hands”, which aroused loud clapping from many “Pairs of Big Hands”.
Class 3 is the largest class under teacher Li. They gave a brilliant rendition of the well-known traditional poem “Thoughts on A Quiet Night” with their self-made musical instruments. Their fluency in Mandarin stimulated a lasting applause from the parents. Their presentation of the poem brought out the longing for the homeland in every Chinese.
Ziyi, a student from Class 6, was warmly clapped onto the stage. After sharing her six year experience at the Chinese School with the audience, she played “The Spring” with her violin. Her excellent skill earned her a burst of handclapping.
Another important feature of this “Chinese Show” was that all parents were encouraged to co-perform with their children on the stage. A beautiful family song, “I Love My Family”, was done by QiQi and her mother Hesong, her father Zhihui, and her little brother. It was a loving and caring family which presented the audience with “Love is patience, love is no jealousy, love is no fighting……”. Mom and Dad sang while QIQI was doing the sign language dance, and to conclude the song her little brother sang out loud “Love lasts in my family”. This beautiful expression of their family love touched everyone in the presence, raising a loud but warm and lasting applause.
Next to the stage was Class 4, lead by HaiJuan. They successfully performed the very challenging and advanced level tongue twister “The Chinese Language”. The minute they conquered the task, the whole hall was filled with great handclapping. Max Parr and Annwen both from Class 4 played a famous piece from ancient China “Farewell”, which attracted some of School teachers’ singing along, and brought back the precious memories of their home country.
Students in Class 5 have relatively higher skills in Mandarin and introduced the “legend of the Mooncake Festival”, and performed a dialogue well designed by the teacher Cuihua. They earned themselves a high appreciation from the audience present.
MC Haijuan introduced to the audience a series of traditional gifts donated by Mr. Linfei Zhou who couldn’t come to the event due to prior commitments. However he expressed his support and good wishes to “Chinese Show”. Through his generous donation the School was able to distribute and allocate more prizes to the students than would have been possible.
Now it was the turn of the students from Class 6 lead by their teacher Hanxu. They vividly performed a play, acting out the legend of “Mid-Autumn Festival”, which was very straightforward but very humorous for the audience. There were many bursts of laughter from the audience.
Lead by the teacher Youyou, the adult class, mostly formed by parents, sang a well-known poem “When Will the Bright Moon Appear”. As Moon Cake Festival drew closer, “No matter how far away, under the same moon, we wish you the everlasting love and happiness.” sang the parents, expressing their best wishes to distant families.
Finally, the 2-hour “Chinese Show” was brought to a successful closure by a passionate dance of “The Welcome of the Red Mountain Lilies” by the School Dancing Group in traditional costumes, enlivening the atmosphere in the hall once again. After the performance, all classes were invited to the stage, where the principal Ms. Kim Phong awarded students certificates and gifts as her appreciation for their excellent performance.
As a finale, all the parents and teachers came together, when another loving “family photo” of Tasmania Chinese School was taken as a symbol of our care and love for each other at the School.
Script/Translation: LuLu Photos: Agar, Qin Xia, ZiQing