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Chinese Moon Festival Activities
06 November, 2017
The Moon Festival is celebrated by a large number of our VSL language groups. The Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian, Cambodian and Japanese communities all have a Moon Festival tradition. It is a time when families get together and the full moon is a symbol of prosperity, happiness and family reunion. At the South Oakleigh centre our Chinese Faculty celebrated with a Chinese cultural day of moon festival activities that involved students from Prep – to year 10. The students were divided into 6 different groups and given a colour as well as a colour passport to indicate which group they belonged to. The students then took part in all the activities within their group which included lantern making, chop stick challenges and moon cake making. The students decorated their work area with balloons and streamers and a special draw was announced by the supervisor Tony Katsianos at end the morning. This year we were fortunate to have the local Member of Parliament Mr Steve Dimopoulos who took great pride in addressing our students. As he met the students and staff Mr Dimopoulos gained an insight into the importance of studying Chinese at the VSL. He asked students about their language program and how they celebrated the Moon Festival at home with their family. The students in turn taught him Chinese vocabulary. It was a memorable day for all. On Saturday 4th November, our Chinese Year 11 First Language and primary school year levels students worked collaboratively made Chinese lanterns using pre-cut templates as well as Chinese new year red pocket envelopes at the Box Hill centre. Other students also learnt Chinese poems and decorated their Chinese fans as you can see in the photos. One particular junior class even invited parents to join in for celebrating the Chinese cultural day with a singing performance.
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