On May 17, 2017, the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan participated in the annual Multi-cultural Day Celebration of St. Mark School.
In the morning, the U of S CI volunteer teachers taught Chinese paper-cutting to 112 students from four classes in St. Mark School. All the students were very curious about Chinese paper-cutting and eager to learn how to do it. Eventually, with the patient teaching of the U of S CI volunteer teachers, all of them successfully made their first Chinese paper-cutting works. After the paper-cutting class, the students enjoyed some Chinese food – dumpling and spring rolls – brought about by the volunteer teachers.
In the afternoon, all the staff members and students in St. Mark School gathered together in the school gym, enjoying artistic performances from different parts of the world, including dances of the First Nation people, Japanese karate, the Philippines’ hat dance, African hula-hula, American hip-hop, etc. But the most eye-catching and beloved dance is the Panda dance brought by the U of S CI volunteer teachers. As soon as the pandas came onto the platform, all the audience began to cheer and laugh. After the performance, many children expressed their love for Chinese culture.