Calista Primary School gets taste of China with sticky dumplings

L-R: Morrison Tilbury, JJ McAlister, Leejahn Heurea, Yangyang Sun and teaching assistant Alexandria Preedy.
L-R: Morrison Tilbury, JJ McAlister, Leejahn Heurea, Yangyang Sun and teaching assistant Alexandria Preedy.

TRADITIONAL Chinese sticky dumplings were a hit with year five students at Calista Primary recently.

As part of their Chinese language and culture program, teacher Yangyang Sun showed her class how to make Chinese sticky rice dumplings, known as zongzi in Mandarin.

Zongzi have an outer casing made from bamboo leaves which are then filled with either a sweet or savoury filling.

She said they can be eaten as a year-round snack in China but are most often associated with the traditional Dragon Boat Festival holiday that is observed on the fifth day of the fifth month of every Chinese Lunar Year.

The students also made paper Dragon Boat replicas for the occasion and they learned about the endangered panda as part of their Mandarin language class.

On Tuesday, June 19 they celebrated the festival by eating the tasty treats.

The students said they enjoyed the celebrations as they were ‘fun’ and the dumplings smelled nice.