Mandarin Stars Newsletter Term 2, 2016

Nǐ hǎo!

What a great term 2 we have had so far. I hope everyone is staying nice and warm and keeping out of the ‘lěng’ as best as possible!

This term we have been busy teaching our immersion based Mandarin Stars program through a range of topics including ‘In the Snow’ with our Preschool Mandarin Stars Playgroupers! It was so much fun to bring the ‘xuě’ (snow) into the classroom by making our own make believe xuě! It’s quite amazing what one can achieve with shaving foam and some baking powder!

Making xue

Making xuě with our Mandarin Stars Playgroup students…

For our Mandarin SuperSTARS, the students have been learning Mandarin through the topics of Vegetables. There has been a lot of language games and activities in the classroom and even some interactive survey work in Mandarin…

Xi huan

Our Mandarin SuperSTARS (Primary school age students) get busy surveying each other in Mandarin on the vegetables that their classmates ‘xǐ huan chī’ (like) and ‘bù xǐ huan chī’ (don’t like)…

Mandarin Stars students sit the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) this year!

It’s with great pride that I would like to announce that over 10 of our Mandarin SuperSTARS students will be sitting for Level 1 of the Hanban’s Youth Chinese Test this year! ‘Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, as a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, is committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide, it goes all out in meeting the demands of foreign Chinese learners and contributing to the development of multiculturalism and the building of a harmonious world.’ The children have already done really well in the practice papers from the Hanban and we are so proud of all of them. In our eyes, all of our students are Mandarin SuperSTARS!

Mandarin Stars is now at West Melbourne! Hooray!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Pearl Goh to the Mandarin Stars franchisee network! Pearl is a seasoned Mandarin teacher from Malaysia who just loves our immersion based teaching method combined with a simple learn through play approach at Mandarin Stars. Pearl’s teaching team also includes Wei Wei lao shi who is an Early Childhood Educator. Pearl’s classes have attracted over 50 students already and have received fantastic results in engaging with our young West Melbourne students in the learning of Mandarin. Furthermore, Pearl has received a very positive welcome and feedback from parents so a huge ‘gōng xǐ’ (Congratulations!) to Pearl and her team!

‘My 4 year old daughter had a great time. It was great to see how fast she picked up the language. She had so much fun learning and playing. A great class.’ – Candice Sohal (https://www.facebook.com/mandarinstarswestmelbourne/)

Yan se

Pearl’s Mandarin Stars Playgroup students get busy learning their ‘yán sè’ (colours), numbers and counting in Mandarin and also get to practice how to use chopsticks thus practicing those all important fine motor skills!

Pearl already has several classes in the Point Cook areas and will be setting up new Thursday classes at Tarneit and also Friday sessions at Caroline Springs. If you would like to book in for a free trial or have a chat with Pearl to find out more, please contact Pearl directly on 0468 469 506.

NEW CLASS UPDATES!

We are delighted to welcome Mortlake Public School to our Mandarin Stars community this year! Franchisee Cecilia Che has been busy setting up the new classes at the school on Tuesday afternoons and the students have been an absolute pleasure to teach. Huān yíng to the Mandarin Stars community!

Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as DuānWǔ Festival, is a traditional and important celebration in China. Dragon Boat Festival 2016 falls on June 9 (Thursday). China will have 3 days of holiday from Thursday (June 9) to Saturday (June 11), and will be back at work on Sunday, June 12.

DuānWǔ Festival is a folk based festival that has been celebrated for over 2,000 years, when Chinese people practice various customs thought to dispel disease, and invoke good health. During the festival, many activities and customs are practiced by people in China and even in nearby countries. Some of the most traditional ones include dragon boat racing and also eating Sticky Rice Dumplings (zòng zi).

Zong zi

We will be celebrating the DuānWǔ festival with our students this term… it’s a wonderful cultural based activity and I’m sure the students will love the energy of the dragon boat festival and of course try out some lovely zòng zi!

On behalf of our franchisees, teachers and support team, we sincerely hope you’ve all had a productive, happy and healthy term 2, and look forward to working with all our families and students at Mandarin Stars in the upcoming term 3.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on [email protected]

Term 2, 2016 Dates: Tuesday 26 April – Saturday 2 July inclusive

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Best regards to you and your families.

Xiè xie!

Dawna Leung
Founder & Director
Mandarin Stars