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Say G’day to Australia Day!

History

The 26th of January celebrates Australia’s National Day and commemorates the
first fleet arriving in Sydney in 1788. The fleet was commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip
and back then Australia Day was known as Anniversary Day. In 1994 Australia Day became an annual
public holiday. Right around the country and around the world you can find Aussies celebrating with
Barbeques, Picnics, Music, Back Yard Cricket and fireworks displays.

 

Barbie Q’s Trivia

Q: Where was Ned Kelly’s last stand?
A: Glenrowan

Q: What is South Australia’s largest island?
A: Kangaroo Island

Q: In what year was decimal currency introduced?Aussie Barbeque
A: 1966

Q: Prior to the year 2000, which of our Australian male swimmers had won the most Olympic gold medals?

A: Murray Rose

Q: What are you doing if you slip, slop, slap?

A: Putting on a shirt, sunscreen & a hat.

Q: Aussies were recently dubbed un-Austra-
lian by Sam Kekovitch if they didn’t eat
which type of meat?
A: Lamb

Q: What is ‘the race that stops a nation’
otherwise known as?
A: The Melbourne Cup.

Q: Who do Aussies love to have a beer with
according to Slim Dusty?

A: Duncan… ‘cause Duncan’s me mate

Activity

Dress the part – Think Aussie colours, sporting apparel,Aussie celebs, sporting hero’s, and full on bogan.

Thong TossThe Thong Toss

Bring your thong along..
A great game to get the show on the road
with a few laughs is the thong tossing game.
What you need is two or more players per
round with 3 thongs per person. Set an esky
at a reasonable distance from the participants
and mark it with 50 points then set another
esky further back marked 100 points. Points
are given to the closest to the esky’s and the
longest throw.

Aussie or Not?

Hugh JackmanPrint off some pictures of all things
Aussie.. Native Animals, Plants, Foods, Celebs and
Landmarks. Then mix them in with similar
pictures from around the world. Check how
good your participants’ Aussie knowledge is
by having them try to guess if each picture is
“Aussie or not”. You can include the answers
and also some interesting facts about each
picture on the backs of the cards.

Chinese New Year - Year Of The Horse

Kick it into gear with Chinese New Year!

The celebrations start right here,
Let’s light the lantern and begin to cheer,
With festivals, music, dancing and food,
It’s sure to put you in the mood,
Fireworks soar and light up the sky,
As the dancing dragon passes on by,
Make a wish and make it clear,
Tradition is alive with Chinese New Year!

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History
Chinese New Year is the largest and most traditional of all celebrations in China also known as the ‘Spring Festival’. The celebration dates back for centuries. It goes so far back that the actual date of when it began is unknown. Chinese New Year is celebrated in many different ways and begins with the first new moon continuing on for 15 days until the full moon. The celebration is strongly influenced by various customs and traditions. Plants and flowers are a very important element in New Year celebrations as is the colour red which symbolizes fire and is believed to drive away bad luck and provide safety. Celebrations often begin with cleansing the home to sweep away evil spirits making room for incoming good luck before it’s time to decorate with paper cut-up couplets, Chinese lanterns and covering the windows and doors in red paper or paint. Festivals , dancing, music, lion parades, cultural activities and dragon parades are just some of the activities celebrated by the Chinese communities.

Chinese Crackers

Trivia
Q. What fruit, representing luck and prosperity, is traditionally the most popular to hand out for the Chinese New Year?

A. Tangerines

Q. Traditionally made of silk, paper, and bamboo, these are the highlight of the Chinese lantern festival?

A. Dragons

Q.What calendar determines the date of the Chinese New Year?

A. The Lunar Calendar

Q.True or false: The cat is one of the 12 animals on the Chinese calendar?

A. False

Q. According to tradition, who do families visit on the first day of Chinese New Year?

A. The oldest members of the family

Q. What is the capital of China?

A. Beijing

Q. What is the official language of China?

A. Mandarin

Q. What is the most common drink in China?

A. Tea

Chinese New Year ActivitiesActivity
Chinese New Year is the biggest celebration in China.
Paper Lanterns are an effective way to show Chinese tradition and can be made with the following:
Coloured paper, scissors and tape or staples.
Take a piece of paper and cut a 2cm strip off from along the top to use as a handle
Fold the paper in half length ways and cut 2cm strips along the folded line without cutting to the edge
Open the paper and stick the top and the bottom together
Finally stick the handle at the top of the lantern from one side to the other
These can be hung all around the room… remember red represents luck!

Food glorious food

Serve lucky food like noodles, fish, manderins and oranges as well as fortune cookies and Chinese tea.

Music for the new year

Special songs such as ‘Gongxi, Gongxi’ which means smile at everyone for good wishes, hope and expectations for the new year.

Fireworks

Head out side if your community has a fireworks display otherwise be sure to watch them as a group on the television reminiscing about times of when each person has seen live firework displays.
Pick up sticks – chop stick style!

Get yourself a bunch of chop stick and hold them in your hand letting them fall into a pile on the table, players then take turns at picking up a stick. The aim of the game is to not move any other sticks when you are picking them up, if you do it is the other persons turn. The person with the most sticks at the end is the winner

What is your Birth Year?

Are you a rat, a dog or a horse? Get yourself a print out of the Chinese Zodiac from the internet and look up the year each person was born to see if they fit the personality traits of their birth sign.

Work doesn’t JUST have to be about business

blog-image-banner_1When you think of socialising at work, many people think of slackers chatting at the printer station or discussing office gossip over a coffee break. However socialising in businesses today has become a positive aspect to all businesses and colleagues. Studies have found that 63% of employees found that productivity improves if their friends with their colleagues outside of work and 57% of managers agreed. People are now mingling in new ways – at after work drinks, social events or public holidays. The importance of colleagues socialising at work has become extremely important as it provides an environment where a community of practice is built.

It allows for knowledge-sharing during social activities where colleagues share their ideas on work practices over a drink or different perspectives and methods to certain activities. This sharing also encourages sense of teamwork where colleagues can share their challenges and achievements, encouraging problem-solving and creating motivation among colleagues. It also encourage co-operation among colleagues and departments – for example, an alliance between the production team and the accounting team of a business could find a way to cut costs in production. This can only mean good things for your business, and in turn, for your customers.

Organising social events for the year at businesses can be challenging. Trying to get people involved in something they will all willingly participate in isn’t easy! Being a multicultural country with increasingly diverse workplaces there is no doubt there is at least one public holiday a year that each person in Australia would celebrate, and it is important to ensure that everyone feels involved. There is Australia day, Chinese New Year, St Patricks Day, Easter, Christmas and New Year just to name a few.  Regardless of how people spend their holidays they always seem to bring people together. Celebrating the public holidays of the year can provide a platform where people can communicate with their managers and colleagues in more informal environment and create a more tight-knit team.

Decorating your office in the holiday cheer will create excitement for the public holiday and generally puts people in a better mood. It creates a positive environment and an opportunity for people to get involved and socialise with colleagues celebrating holidays they may not usually celebrate, even if it’s just to ask them what the holiday is about and how it is celebrated. Most businesses celebrate Christmas, Easter and New Year’s but there are many other holidays such as Australia Day, St Patricks Day, Chinese New Year and Bastille Day, which will allow different people to be involved and socialise with people they wouldn’t usually speak to at work.

Employees generally appreciate it when the company takes an interest in the holidays they celebrate as well. The next major holiday coming up is Easter, so get the bunnies and Easter eggs out!

 

 

What motivates you?

blog-image-banner_2Motivation is the difference between waking up before the dreaded beep of your alarm and lazing around the house in pyjamas all day long. It controls our desire to achieve our dreams and goals. In saying this, it’s one of the foremost topics in getting students to participate effectively in school. Some children run through those front gates but others aren’t so eager!

For years, teachers have been faced with the difficulties of motivating children to be enthusiastic about learning, and attending school. Their physical environment and their classmates are big factors in their motivation. While their greatest joy at school might be playing with their friends and running around the yard at lunchtime, their teacher must be enthusiastic in their work and discover new ways for them to want to learn.

Teachers need to make it fun, make it relevant and make it real! Activities need to be hands on and creative so they can make something from their own imagination. Their work needs to be explained so they understand the meaning behind the activity and it is relevant to their learning. It also needs to be real, referring to something going on in the world so they feel a sense of significance in what their doing.

Decorating the classroom for each holiday creates a stimulating physical environment for the children and teachers, a sense of excitement to be involved in something and an educational experience in different cultures. Chinese New Year, St Patricks Day, Easter, Mexican Day, Bastille Day and Italian Day, just to name a few!  Celebrating these cultural holidays makes learning fun, relevant and educational all at the same time.

Walking into a classroom with vibrant colours, drawings and displays creates excitement and inspiration. Allowing the children to make decisions on decorating and displaying items and their own work around the classroom gives them a sense of accomplishment and a sense of belonging in a classroom and school that has a little of their touch. Activities around the various cultural holidays also raise awareness of different cultural groups, encourage the children to ask their friends questions and learn from them, and provide them with a more rounded education overall.