On Tuesday, August 2nd, our years 9 and 10 Chinese classes took on a journey to
experience Chinese culture. There were many activities we experienced, such as Chinese
painting, playing the Yaogu (a Chinese traditional instrument), and the Tie Dye. We even got
to eat traditional Chinese food.
On the bus, the collective excitement buzzed through the atmosphere, everyone eagerly
awaiting our arrival. Once we were there, we were introduced to the directors and teachers
who work at the CNSST, the Chinese New Settlers Service Trust, and they told us about the
incredible work they do to help people settle into New Zealand and educate others about
The first activity we did was brush painting, where we got to use the calligraphy brush dipped
in Chinese traditional ink and drew on rice paper. Following the teacher, she taught us how
to draw cute pandas, which are the national animal of China. Everyone got busy painting their
adorable pandas on the Chinese round fans. This was very challenging at first, but in the
end, we were all very proud of what we achieved.
Afterwards, we played Yaogu, a traditional Chinese drum which was hung on the waist and
played with wooden sticks, accompanied by dancing. 1,2,3,4… In a circle, we all danced and
drummed to the beat of four different rhythms. At first, it was really confusing, though we
gradually got the hang of the movements and rhymes.
Then the lunch arrived in time. We had fried rice, fried noodles, steamed buns, and spring
rolls. In Chinese they are called Chaofan, Chaomian, Baozi and Chunjuan.
After a delicious meal, our final activity for the day was the Tie Dye. This was where we
learnt about its origins and the different techniques that we could employ to create our own t-shirts. We all thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different colours and patterns,
wondering what our creations would look like once we removed the rubber bands.
Overall, our trip was truly an interesting and educational experience. We’re very grateful to
have had the opportunity to try so many new things and learn about different aspects of
Alice, Stella, and Vicky 10CHN