The Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan had a two-day tour and activities at Alvin Buckwood School and Sutherland School in Saskatoon between February 26 and 27. The activities included dancing, playing musical instruments, martial arts, reading and so on. The tour and activities were a big success and received much praise from the students and teachers of the schools.
We began the tour and activities at Alvin Buckwood School on the first day. The activities were held at the school gym. The children carried the dragon they made and walked around the gym. They sang the Chinese number songs they learned. After that, a video introducing the stories about Chinese New Year was played. The video was great. Everyone had fun watching it.
After that, the teachers of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan performed various exciting talent shows, including the Hulusi, martial arts, Chinese dance…etc. Applause was heard throughout the shows.
Finally, the martial art instructor, Boxiong Xiao, performed a lion dance with his students- a big lion followed by many small lions. The big lion was magnificent; the small lions were cute. Their performance together was great.
The activities ended with applause. Our activities were highly valued by the schoolteachers. Those lovely children also asked for the autograph of the teachers of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan.
On the second day, we performed at Sutherland School. The performers were generally the same as the first day. We began the show with a dance of two dragons, which was more lively and surprising. Then we played the Hulusi, martial arts, dance and so on. The audience had much fun with excitement.
The tour and activities were highly praised by the teachers and parents at Sutherland School. They have invited us to perform again next year.
The two-day activities were exciting and meaningful. We were tired yet happy. We will continue on the effort to organize activities as such in order to promote Chinese culture and enhance our Canadian friends’ understanding of Chinese culture.