Well, if anyone were to ask me that question I would definitely reply: 很忙！
Wow. What a busy term this has been. And how quickly it’s flown! It’s been full of language lessons, cultural lessons, crafts and lots of questions from students really interested in China and its culture.
One of our great successes this term is the launch of our Facebook page, so please ‘like’ us and keep up to date with things going on in and out of the Academy: Djanogly City Academy – Confucius Classroom.
In the next month we are expecting the return of our two Hanban teachers, Xiaoxiao Liang and Rui Zhu, who will be supporting me internally as well as with some outreach work. And in three days time we’re off to China on the Hanban/IOE CI Autumn Camp. I shall be joining Mr Scott in taking 9 students to Beijing and Shanghai (See the cover photo), along with 490 other students and teachers! It’s going to be fun if tiring! I will be sending through updates via Twitter, Weibo, Keek and our Facebook so please keep an eye out on our activities!
It has been ages since I have updated anything properly on here, I’ve been trying to get a smart phone for the Classroom so I can do some real-time blogging instead of post-event blogging which would be more interesting and convenient. Hey ho.
Chinese New Year is THE most important festival for the Chinese and is the time when families spend time together and celebrate big time! As such we had a very busy time at Chinese New Year with celebrations in and out of school. We held workshops and lessons and competitions (lots of competitions) for students to take part it. The first thing we had to do though was to get the school ready for welcoming in the Spring Festival!
Before shot: The entrance to the Communications department
And after! A lot better, don't you think?
Good luck 福 fu decorate entrance doors and classrooms...
The front doors...
Even the principal's office!
The lower school library doesn't even escape!
We had a lot of fun decorating the school at both sites. Consequently, one of the competitions I ran was to ask classes to take responsibility for their classrooms and get them ready for the New Year. Sadly not as many classes as I’d hoped joined in but those who did made noble efforts; hopefully we’ll have more take part next year!
Mr Best's Year 8 class get involved
To help as many students as possible enjoy the festivities Xiaoxiao and Rui did workshops with those classes who came forward and resources were made available for everyone else to use as they saw fit. There was a definite dragon theme!
Rui leading workshops on dragon making!
Students getting stuck in!
I love people who are camera shy
~ From all of us at the Confucius Classroom, we wish you all a very prosperous Dragon year! ~