It is once more my favourite time of year in Tianjin. The humidity and heavy rain of the summer is now merely a memory as the year rolls round into the cooling weeks of autumn. To me, this time of year is more than just the season which links the extremes of summer heat and winter cold. It offers its own beauty and tranquility, the calm between the ferocity of the coming season. In the article below the Mandarin department share with us what has been a truly wonderful Chinese Culture Week here at Wellington.
I hope that, for all our families, it proves a peaceful and restful holiday period.
When the coolness chases away the bright sun, when the leaves wither and the cicadas stop chirping, we know it’s time for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Our annual Mid-Autumn Festival Culture Week at Wellington also brought happiness and laughter to this wonderful traditional festival.
Senior School Assembly
At the assembly on Monday, talented pupils performed a number of programs on the theme of the Mid-Autumn Festival for pupils and teachers. The short play “Chang’E Flies to the Moon” was performed in a legendary setting, infused with youthfulness and contemporary language. The play was written and performed by pupils from the Chinese Drama Activity Class held on Tuesday afternoons, the class took the traditional story and re-worked it, winning applause and laughter as they presented a complete story to the pupils after just three weeks of school.
△ “Autumn Drum”
△ Traditional Dance
△ “Chang’E Flies to the Moon”
In Tuesday’s quiz competition, “How much do you know about China?”, native and non-native Chinese speaking pupils from all Houses competed for the top spot in the quiz. The three rounds of the competition were more intense than the previous one, and each time the answer was more serious than the previous one. It was a test of memory and ability to cope with the situation. Familiarity with the questions and the country, as well as cooperation within the team, would determine the final winner.
△ Junior School
△ Senior School
Traditional Dress Day
Wednesday’s traditional costume day was destined to decorate the school in an array of colours and styles. Pupils from around the world dressed up in their traditional costumes, a visual representation of life in a multi-cultural and diverse world. Pupils had to take a picture of their most beautiful costume to win a prize in the “Most Beautiful Costume” contest. This not only fosters friendship among students from different countries, but also teaches pupils to understand and accept each other.
A poet from the Song Dynasty, Huang Tingjian, said in his poem “Inspecting the Fields”, “in the spring the farmers plant hundreds of hectares, in the autumn they harvested thousands of granaries in return.” This reminds us of the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival – a festival in which farmers pray for the moon, play and dance during the harvest festival. Wellington’s Mid-Autumn Festival is not only about recalling traditional folk culture, but also about the search for beauty, happiness and acceptance, and this is exactly what this week’s activities were all about.