Monday, 8 February 2016


Happy Chinese New Year!  The year of the Monkey begins! 

It was an outstanding day for Grade 3 students at Jack MacKenzie School!! Our Chinese New Year celebration began with four interactive stations. The students enjoyed learning about and creating their own lion dance, making fortune cookies, painting good luck signs to hang above the door, and acting out a Chinese New Year Reader’s Theatre!

 Painting Good Luck Signs! 

 Creating a Lion Dance!
Making Fortune Cookies!
Getting ready to put a fortune inside.

Reader's Theatre!
Our potluck lunch was also a big hit!  
What a selection!

No need to send lunch tomorrow, just a drink please. 
We had so much food, that we will be having left overs. 

The afternoon began with a special visit from members 
of the Chung Wah - Kung Fu School.  

Sifu Mrazek told a traditional Chinese story that included 
the lion and audience participation.

This was followed by a traditional lion dance!!  

During this dance the pair of lions symbolically told the tale of perseverance, unity and affection.

A student from our class fed the lion lettuce with lucky money. 

Then several students offered the lion a red envelope that was filled with coins. In Chinese culture the red colour of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. 

The drumming and music was amazing and really 
energized the crowd!

We all enjoyed learing a few Kung Fu moves!

If your child is interested in taking or learning more about Kung Fu
here is the website for the Chung Wah Kung Fu School:!sifu-mrazek/qxej5

Students from the school performed a demonstration for us.

Our afternoon concluded with a fantastic presentation from a former Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China! 
He and his daughter created a very informative Power Point presentation about Chinese New Year. 
Thank you Mrs. McMurtry for organizing this part of our day!  

A student in our room made a beautiful necklace and presented it to the former Consolate-General's daughter to offer our thanks!

What a day!!!
Special thanks to all of the parent volunteers and families who sent food for the potluck today!  We would not have been able to do this without you!!   

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