11:30 a.m., Feb. 8)
St. Clare School community celebrates Chinese New Year
By Fred Sherwin
Peng entertains the audience during Chinese
New Year celebration at St. Clare School on
Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
a meeting of cultures the St. Clare School community in
South Fallingbrook celebrated the pending arrival of the
Chinese New Year on Saturday with a combination of entertainment,
education and delicious food.
the Chinese New Year doen't officially arrive until February
19, the students, staff and parents of the school's International
Languages program couldn't wait to ring in the Year of
the Goat in an enthusiastic celebration of song and food.
International Languages program was launched by the Ottawa
Catholic School Board's continuing education department
in the summer of 2011 with classes in Madarin Chinese
and Spanish for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade
8. Enrollment that first year was just over 50 students.
evidence of the growing diversity of the local community,
that number has swelled to over 150 students in just four
years. The program now offers classes for high school
classes take place every Saturday during the school year
between 9:30 a.m. and noon and are open to any student
living in the east end.
celebration was kicked off with a Dragon Dance and included
performances by students in the program and progfessional
singers from Ottawa's Chinese community. The highlight
of the concert was a performance by the Madarin language
most of the action was happening on the stage, the back
of the St. Clare gym was lined with exhibits including
a caligraphy station where individuals could try their
hand at writing Chinese characters; a Chinese food game;
a Chinese horoscope station; and a display of important
Chinese inventions such as the compass, porcelain, the
mechanical clock and gun powder.
the main purpose of the International Languages Program
is to teach Chinese and Spanish, program coordinator Yong
Lai Feng says students also learn a great deal about the
Chinese and Spanish cultures.
learn more about the program visit www.ocsb.com.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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