Spring Festival Activity successfully held at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet

February 15th , 2018

At 9:00 am, 15th Feb (the New Year Eve in China), Emily, the Chinese project director in HISD, Professor Yi Xiao, the director of TSU Confucius Institute, and four Chinese volunteer teachers came to Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet, one of the confucius classroom of TSUCI to celebrate the Chinese new year.

Chinese New Year, as one of the most important festivals in China, is a festival for family to reunite as well as a symbol of Chinese traditional culture. In order to welcome the Chinese New Year and to let students experience Chinese traditional culture, Ding Tian, a local Chinese teacher in Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet and Wang Bo, a Chinese volunteer teacher in TSUCI had prepared this celebration several months ago. With the full preparation of two teachers and students, Chinese new year songs, traditional dragon and lion dance brought a Chinese culture audio-visual feast for all teachers and students.

Although new buildings in Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet were under construction, teachers and students enjoyed this feast very much. At 9 o’clock, students had already been seated, waiting for the dragon and lion dance by masters from Shaolin Temple. The festive Chinese New Year music echoed on campus, Chinese lion shuttled among students happily, bringing the happy atmosphere to all.

Students have knew more about Chinese culture from watching and experiencing. Wang Bo, a Chinese volunteer teacher in Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet said, after 6-month hard work, seeing Chinese culture is accepted and understood by more and more students and teachers was the greatest encouragement to her. In this occasion, the Confucius Institute at Southern Texas University wishes a happy new year to the whole nation!