On behalf of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, the International and Indigenous Languages Program (IILP) at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres and the Grand River Chinese Language school,


Xin nian kuai le

Happy New Year

Year of the Tiger

This year – the Year of the Tiger, runs from February 1st to the Lantern Festival on February 15th , 2022.  The Tiger ranks third among the animals of the Chinese zodiac and is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, and bravery. During the Chinese New Year celebrations children could wear hats or shoes with a tiger image for good luck.

The St. Louis IILP Chinese language school, previously host to over 1500 people at magnificent Chinese New Year events, presents a virtual celebration again this year.  Chinese language students showcase their learnings each year through music, dance, dramatic performances, traditional garments, as well as many exhibits of art and accolades for essay competitions.  Students will continue to make their families proud, as they demonstrate their knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, as well as their strength, and courage for the year ahead.

Virtual events will be held this morning, Saturday, February 5th and again on Monday evening, February 7th . These events are not open to the public.

Families of the children attending the IILP Chinese language school wanted to extend warm new year’s greetings to all.


Gongxi Facai

Be Prosperous



For information about Chinese, Traditional Mandarin and the many other languages offered FREE for children and young adults to learn on Saturday mornings, Monday or Wednesday evenings and for 4 weeks in July,

Visit: International and Indigenous Languages Program – Elementary  or   International Languages Credit Courses