In honor of the 14th anniversary of the Confucius Institute, GA students met in special cross-divisional class periods to practice their Mandarin and learn about the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Germantown Academy holds the distinction of being the first Confucius Classroom in Pennsylvania, made possible through a partnership with Hanban, the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, and Capital Normal University High School in Beijing.
Since the original partnership in 2009 and the official dedication of the Confucius Classroom in 2012, GA has implemented Mandarin Chinese language instruction across all divisions, built community through annual New Year celebrations, conducted public classes for children and adults, administered official language tests, and even established a college counseling center in Beijing for students applying to colleges in the United States.
This week in Lower School, 2nd Grade students in Bertina Hsu-Miller's classroom hosted guests from Jarrett Anderson's 6th Grade class for a lesson on the Mid-Autumn Festival, comparing this major holiday to holidays in America. 5th Grade Mandarin students then enjoyed a lively performance of the myth of the Moon Goddess by 10th Grade students from Tsung Tsai's class, with assistance from our visiting Chinese teacher, Sally Rong.
Upper School students practiced with Tai Chi fans, and gave presentations on their trip to China this past summer. Throughout all of these activities, students enjoyed treats of red bean paste and moon cakes, which are traditional snacks for Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Confucius Institute helps make all of GA's Chinese curriculum possible, and on behalf of Rich Schellhas, Head of School, Susan Xuan Amorosi, Director of Community Chinese Programs, and all the teachers and students at Germantown Academy, congratulations on this anniversary!
Please enjoy the photos and video from our activities, and save the date for our Chinese New Year and Spring Festival celebration on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Xie xie!