Collegiate Students Ring in the Chinese New Year
Collegiate School Chinese language students will usher in the Year of the Dog tonight with the Fifth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in the Estes Multipurpose Room on the Lower School campus from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
In front of family and friends, Lower and Middle School students, with assistance from faculty, staff and Upper Schoolers, will perform songs, dances and martial arts demonstrations integral to Chinese culture.
Lower School Chinese teacher Xin-Yi Fergusson, who started the Chinese language program 11 years ago, says assigning and teaching students grade-level-appropriate content enriches the experience.
Yu Xiao, Middle School Chinese teacher, believes that while the program gives students an opportunity to showcase their language and cultural learning, it also prepares them to be global citizens of the world.
“Through the preparation and the participation of the performances, our students feel that they are part of this cultural immersion and China is no longer just a foreign country that's so far away,” she said. “At Collegiate, diversity and inclusiveness are cherished and celebrated. The Chinese New Year celebration is a real-life testimonial. Our students learn to embrace and appreciate other cultures and grow up to be more responsible citizens for the future.”
Following the program, students, faculty, staff and guests will gather in Centennial Hall to participate in Chinese games and crafts.