China Week is a special time for Wesley when we get to highlight Chinese culture as a vital part of our own school culture, language learning, and IB education. China Night is always an exciting event for students, parents, and teachers alike. This year we celebrated the coming of the Year or the Rat with amazing performances. Here is a glimpse at the festivities.
Kindergarten students performed two Chinese songs for children that show off what they’ve been learning in the classroom. The first was the classic “Niwana,” meaning Mud Doll. The other was Showing Numbers by Fingers.
First grade helped us ring in the New Year with a song using the most popular phrase to help spread New Year luck: Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ! Their other song, DuShuLang, showed the values of education and work ethics in Chinese school culture. It reminded students to be prepared for school every day.
Third grade delighted with a performance of “Baby Tadpoles Look For Their Mother.” The story was about baby tadpoles looking for their mom among many different creatures. The story showed off their Chinese proficiency, acting, dancing, and singing talents!
Fourth grade’s short play introduced the origin and traditions of the Chinese New Year. They explored the origins starting with the wise Chinese People fighting a monster named “Year Nian.”
Fifth grade showed us that going to the doctor can be fun. This was not your usual doctor’s visit. Here, the cure to sickness was singing and dancing. In this skit, the students showed proper dialogue through song and dance. After intermission, seventh and eights grade students performed a skit highlighting a couple of the Chinese Holidays.
Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements to bring good luck and fortune. The Middle School Drum Team performed music to help us welcome the New Year with the Lion Dance music.
Chinese Fan Dance dates from 2,000 years ago during the Han dynasty. The famous Fan Dance shows the extravagance and splendor of Chinese culture. Eight grade performed the delicate movements with constantly changing rhythms in this dynamic and graceful dance.
We ended the night of fantastic performances with the Handkerchief Dance performed by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company. Yangee (or “rice sprout song” in Chinese) is one of the most representative folk arts among the Han majority ethnic group in China. The dance was in the style of dongbei yanggee from northeast China.
Great job Wesley students, administrators, teachers, and staff for your dedication. You made China Night a success and we enjoyed ringing in the Year of the Rat together!