From May 7th to 11th, Grade four students had a wonderful opportunity to experience Chinese Culture Week through a series of fun activities, such as Shih-Ching Presentation, Tang Poetry Exhibition and Chinese Poetry Competition, hosted by Chinese Department. During the week-long event, the students not only had fun accessing authentic traditional Chinese clothes and instruments, they also gained a deep understanding of Chinese ancient poetry, this ignited their enthusiasm for learning and inquiring further into Chinese language and culture.
On May 7th, Mr.Zizhang from Shenzhen Poetry and Liturgy Association was invited to SWIS. He gave a presentation to all Grade four students about Shih-Ching, the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry. As Mother’s Day was to be celebrated that weekend, Mr.Zizhang presented and shared a poem with our students which praised motherhood.
五月七日，深圳诗书礼乐协会的子张老师给四年级的学生 开展了“走进《诗经》” 文化讲座。适逢母亲节，子张老师为同学们讲解了《诗经》中歌颂母亲的名篇《凯风》。“凯风自南，吹彼棘心。棘心夭夭，母氏劬劳。”讲座尾声，子张老师带着孩子们一同吟唱，体会华夏先民的孝敬之心，深意绵绵。
In a previous unit, students were part of small groups and explored selected Tang poets. They were asked to choose one Tang poet and minimum of three different pieces of their poetry to explore. Students inquired into the poet’s life and created timelines, background knowledge and artistic conceptions of the poems were discovered. On May 10th, students dressed up and showcased their learning with the greater SWIS community through a range of multimedia including: posters, book creator, Weebly, podcasting, calligraphy and painting.
With the award ceremony on 11th of May, 2018, the Chinese Poetry Competition has successfully come to a close! Congratulations to the prize winners! In celebrating our student’s achievements we also wish to thank all of the teachers and parents for participating in this wonderful and inquiry based event.
We look forward to this becoming an annual SWIS Chinese cultural event!