These two weeks’ focus language is Hindi, a language spoken by over 400,000 million people, most of them in Northern India.
Once again, we travelled vitually to this beautiful place and ‘looked’ at the amazing landscape, fauna, cities and people.
Our Hindi speakers are familiar with more than two languages. We have missed two of them; one just returned from India- Tanvi Chauhan- and the other one still away holidaying- Shivdeep Chhabra.
Riya Waghela ( below)
Holi is an important celebration for all the Hindus
Tiger is India’s national animal
Dance is synonymous with India
At the first assembly for the year, we had a Dragon Dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year. This is always popular with our children and staff.
Ms Hong prepared a bowl of fruits you will find in a Vietnamese home at this time of the year.
Welcome back students and families!
We hope that you all had a restful break.
This year, the EAL Team will continue with the Language of the Week, but we will make it Language of the fortnight so that the students will be able to look into more depth at the different languages and cultures within our school and not only.
The first cultural celebration for this year is the Lunar ( Chinese) New Year on Feb 8th. We are entering the Year of the Red Monkey! Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and the Philippines.
The Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival ( not quite spring; they had the coldest winter snap in 30 years!!), shuts down the world’s second-largest economy for a week. While officially starting the weekend of Feb. 6 this year, the rush for travel bookings began when tickets went on sale in late November. More than 2.9 billion passenger trips, including 332 million on the country’s rail networks, are expected to be made over the New Year period.
In Adelaide, the festivities will take place in Chinatown.
At this Friday’s assembly, our students will talk about the significance of this important celebration for so many of our families. We hope you can make it.