The Columba College Confucius Classroom, in collaboration of the Christchurch branch of the Confucius Institute, was fortunate enough to invite a Chinese martial arts master to Dunedin for two days of lessons and a martial arts demonstration. The purpose of the two-day event was to promote Chinese culture to not only students of Chinese language, but also a wider audience of students who might not otherwise experience Chinese martial arts first-hand. Columba College extended invitations to two neighbouring schools, Balmacewen Intermediate and Maori Hill Primary School, to also enjoy the programme.
Mr Kezhong Sun, a master of traditional Chinese martial arts, amazed students and staff with his flexibility, power and agility during his stay in Dunedin at the start of June. While based at Columba College, Mr Sun taught Year 3 and Year 6 Chinese language students the art of taichi and balance. Mr Sun also collaborated with the PE department and worked with junior and senior PE students teaching them the art of taichi, balance and self-defence. Mr Sun made all his movements look easy, but as the students found out, it was much harder than it looked.
Mr Sun finally put on a spectacular demonstration at the school gymnasium for students from Year 1 to Year 13 and school staff to enjoy. Mr Sun enthralled the large turnout of students and staff with a non-stop demonstration of taichi, Chinese sword fighting and nun-chucks. The action-packed demonstration wowed the audience with his skill and stamina. Mr Sun’s message to the audience was with practice you can do well in anything you put your mind to. The demonstration ended with a group photo, a lot of high fives with Mr Sun, admiration for his skills and fond memories of his performance.
Mr Sun is returning to China in July, so we feel fortunate to have him come to Dunedin to work with our school. On behalf of the school, we would like to wish Mr Sun all the best with his future endeavours. The Languages Department is also looking forward to working with the Confucius Institute again soon to put on similar cultural activities.
Lauren Stirling – Chinese Teacher