“The Silver ferns reflects the argent moonlight, the wooden carvings quethe the everlasting tie”
—— Review of the New Zealand Culture Day activities in G11 of the BNDS International Department
On the afternoon of December 17, the student union of G11of the BNDS International Department held the New Zealand Culture Day with the theme “The Silver ferns reflects the argent moonlight, the wooden carvings quethe the everlasting tie” in the theater of Aspiration Building.
The picturesque natural environment of New Zealand has nurtured a unique Maori civilization. The Maori people are brave, tenacious and persistent. The genes of art flow in generations and they have distinctive insights into dance, music and wood carving.
The aim of this culture day is to help students’ further study and understand the history and development of Maori civilization, to feel and experience the enchantment of them and the fascinating collision between Chinese and foreign cultures.
(video on opening ceremony)
At the beginning of the event, the host Ren Zehui, Wang Yuzhao, Wang Yikai and Geng Bing briefly introduced the content of the Cultural Day. The dance, music and woodcarving culture of the Maori people aroused great interest among the students.
Next, Du Yuchen and Guo Qiandu, the assistants of principal Tian Jun, brought his ardent concern and blessings for this New Zealand Culture Day. The principal’s concern made the students feel a deep warmth even in the cold winter.
The guests also greeted the students one after another. They were Mr. Wu Fengqin, the deputy principal of Beijing National Day School; Mr. Teng Mingjun, the deputy director of the International Education Department, Mr. Cameron Tareen, the AP programme director; Mr. Nick Nightingale, the AL programme director; Mrs. Zhong Jingjing, the director of International Exchange center and Mr. Ma Zhimin, the director in G11 of the Sino-foreign cooperative education programme.
(host on the stage)
(the principal’s assistant brought his word)
The entire performance adopts the form of a stage play, combining music and dance that showcase New Zealand’s history and culture. The stage play tells the story of the G11 students time-travelling to the ancient Maori tribe, witnessing them hunting, having harvest season, appreciating Maori music, Maori war dance, catwalk, and finally returning to the eleven school.
The novel concept of Time Traveling quickly made the students interested and fully occupied by the play. The audience applauded after the wonderful performance，as everyone has fully experienced the charm of New Zealand culture and learned about the history of New Zealand civilization.
（excerpts from the play)
The Maori music is also one of the cultural characteristics. Ms. Siew and six students, Pang Fangfei, Wang Zhaojing, Lu Yiming, Dong Xiaohan, Wang Zi, and Cui Yuqian brought us a combination of Chinese and Western music performances.
They performed two traditional New Zealand Maori folk songs “Pokare kare ana” and “Jambalaya” with an integration of traditional Chinese folk music and western music, which infused ancient folk songs with new vitality. The echo of music went around the beam and didn’t vanished, rendering the audience to immerse in the magical muse.
Maori war dance
Maori war dance (Haka) is a traditional Maori dance form that uses movements, slaps and shouts and hums. It usually appears on ceremony of celebration or cheering. Five students, Sun Xiaoyu, Fu Zirui, Peng Jingjing, Cheng Xiao Chün, and Zhong Qiuyi,
dressed in Maori costumes, brought the wonderful Maori war dance “Indigenous Dance”, which is full of vigour.
(Ye Maoxin announced the start of the catwalk session)
The catwalk is a session that can reflect the national cultural characteristics. Five pairs of teachers and students from the G11 carried representative objects from China and New Zealand for exhibition.
(Wang Zhaojing’s Erhu and Teacher Zhu Honglin’s Guitar) \
Erhu is a traditional Chinese musical instrument that became prevailing in the Tang Dynasty and has a history of more than a thousand years.
The guitars belong to string instrument, usually with six strings, similar in shape to the violin.
(Porcelain held by Li Ruomeng and wood carving carried by Ms. Scott)
China is the hometown of porcelain, and the glaze on the surface of porcelain undergoes various chemical changes due to different temperatures. It is a gem of Chinese civilization.
New Zealand woodcarving is a tool used by Maori people to record event, which has a variety of styles.
(“Giant Panda” displayed by Wang Zi and “Kiwi bird” displayed by Teacher Yu Yi)
Pandas are endemic to China, which are fat like bears, full and round, with a round head and short tail. They are the national treasures of China.
The kiwi bird is named after the sound “kiwi”, and is regarded by New Zealanders as a symbol of their own nation and designated as the national bird.
Ukulele is a very common instrument in New Zealand. It is usually accompanied by a guitar when playing and has only four strings.
Pipa, made of wood or bamboo, is also kind of string instrument., the bottom is half pear-shaped.
(New Zealand traditional attire worn by Liu Zhuoer and Mr.Campbell)
Maori costumes include bibs, corsets, cloaks, short skirts, etc., which are mostly woven with beautiful patterns, especially cloaks with feathers of various colors.
(The facial makeup worn by Lv Zhuoran and the fruit basket presented by Ms. Zhang Han)
Facial makeup is a painting on the faces of actors in traditional Chinese operas, which is used in modeling during stage performances.
New Zealand is one of the main countries in the world that grow and export sweet corn, which is rich in nutrients.
（group photo of all the cat walkers）
Finally, the implication of the Logo used in New Zealand culture day was expounded by the designer Bo Naiqian.
The Chinese written is “The Silver ferns reflects the argent moonlight, the wooden carvings quethe the everlasting tie” The silver fern can guide the people of New Zealand, because silver side of it can reflect the light of the stars and the moon and illuminate the path. Below is the kiwis’ bird and kiwi fruit, Kiwifruit was originated in China and was introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th century. Kiwis bird in New Zealand do not have wings, but they have strong legs, which embodies the brave spirit of the New Zealand people. The profound connotation of the logo perfectly coincides with the theme of this cultural day.
(Bo Nianqian telling the implication of the Logo)
Fairy Bread DIY
(Bread coated with chocolate sauce)
After the event, there was a “Fairy Bread DIY” event at the west gate of the theater. Teachers and students could use New Zealand special chocolate sauce, cream and icing to make palatable bread.
(the effervescent crowd in DIY activity)
(Group photo of the cultural day preparation team)
Thanks to all the teachers and students who participated in this Cultural Day and contributed to the preparation of the Cultural Day, as well as all the enthusiastic audiences and hardworking volunteers.
We look forward to our school’s foreign national cultural day activities getting better and better, and further enhancing the multicultural understanding and global vision of our school’s teachers and students.