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Two Rocks Primary students at a celebration by Chinese whispers.
Two Rocks Primary students at a celebration by Chinese whispers.

Years 1 to 7 students joined in the activity, organised by Mandarin teacher Susan Croker to mark the Chinese Mid-Autumn ” or Moon Cake ” Festival.

‘The purpose is for students to emulate the disciplines required by Chinese resistance forces when plotting to overthrow their Mongolian rulers almost 650 years ago,’ she said.

‘In keeping to the spirit of the revolt, students were asked to find a way to secretly communicate with all classes from Years 1 to 7 for the purpose of carrying out a surprise celebration activity together.’

Mrs Croker said they were not allowed to violate school rules by passing notes or talking in class, and if other teachers found out what the students were up to, the individual class would be eliminated from the game.

‘The head boy and head girl soon came up with a secret message containing the date, time and place of meeting and spread the message in the form of Chinese whispers outside of lesson times,’ she said.

‘On the day of action, students from every year level carried out the surprise gathering at lunchtime.

‘They emerged from their respective play areas with their duty teachers in tow and gathered on the basketball court.’

There, they sang while all playing ‘paper, scissors, rock’ and then each class received a box of moon cakes, which they shared while playing cultural trivia quizzes and watching videos about the Mid-Autumn Festival.