A student makes fried dumplings on a cooking class at Evans Bay Intermediate School during the Discover China Day event in Wellington, New Zealand, Sept. 12, 2019. (Xinhua/Guo Lei)
WELLINGTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Students from Evans Bay Intermediate School tried to learn lion dance, calligraphy, Chinese tea ceremony, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, etc. during the Discover China Day here in Wellington on Thursday, just one day ahead of China's traditional Mid-Autumn Festival.
Students were excited to participate in the paper-cutting, gyro-playing, shuttlecock kicking, and other traditional Chinese sports. They were also stunt by the performance of the martial arts and swords show done by Chinese instructors. During the cooking lesson, students made dumplings and moon cakes under instruction.
A teacher said the Chinese culture activities were held on campus every year, but Discover China Day was so comprehensive that students could enjoy oriental arts, culture, cuisine, and music just in one day's class.
Adele Bryant, director of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University in Wellington, said that she was so pleased to see more students immersed in the atmosphere of the Chinese language and culture. "Discover China" is a brand of the Confucius Institute. More New Zealand primary and secondary school students are learning more about China through "Discover China."
Vice Principal of Evans Bay Intermediate School Wikus Swanepoel highlighted the Chinese culture feast. He said "We find that the students are more confident and active in learning Chinese."