Music in the Air: Secondary Music Concert Countdown!

The end of school is just a month away. The Secondary Music Concert will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30th at 1:30 pm in the canteen.  Middle school students are busy preparing songs that will be performed. They have tried hard to be able to show their best talents, and their enthusiasm is infectious.  The students not only practiced during class time, but also voluntarily practiced during morning breaks and lunch time. This semester students in grade 7 and grade 8B will be participating in the concert.

Last week was the last rehearsal for middle school students to prepare for the concert next week. The classes moved rehearsal to the stage in the school canteen to practice, as well as check the sound system and musical instruments. In short, all the students involved in the show this semester will definitely feel satisfied after the music concert has finished. This concert is the culminating project of what students have been learning since last January.  I look forward to seeing how students developed their skills after nearly four months of studying in class.

Beyond Chopsticks: Exploring Asian Food Culture

In much of Asia, especially the so-called “rice bowl” cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, food is usually eaten with chopsticks.

Chopsticks are two long, thin, usually tapered, pieces of wood. Bamboo is the most common material, but they are also be made of various types of wood, as well as plastic, porcelain, animal bone, ivory, metal, coral, agate, and jade.

The Chinese have been using chopsticks for five thousand years. People probably cooked their food in large pots, using twigs to remove it. Over time, as the population grew, people began chopping food into small pieces so it would cook more quickly. Small morsels of food could be eaten without knives and so the twigs gradually turned into chopsticks.

We played The Chopsticks Game in Grade 9 class.  It was a fun racing game for Grade 9 students. Place the bowls on tables. Put the peanuts in one of the bowls. When we call “start”, students must pick up a peanut using only their chopsticks, and carry it to the empty bowl. Students then return for the next one, and so on until they have moved all their peanuts safely across. 
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