During the week from 23rd to 28th January 2017, our Chinese Hanban teachers Jun Meng and Ting Hou, went to eight of our feeder primary schools to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with the pupils and teachers. They delivered assemblies telling the traditions and taboos of how and why Chinese people celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year and offered workshops on Chinese paper cutting and lantern making for the pupils. They were warmly welcomed by the schools and the pupils were extremely enthusiastic.
Pupils and teachers learnt how to say 'Happy Chinese New Year' in Chinese with the right gestures and experienced the Chinese Lunar New Year culture by immersing into Chinese New Year songs and music, Chinese food and Chinese handcrafts. The teachers said it was a valuable experience for the pupils and they all enjoyed the day.
The annual Chinese New Year celebrations were very successful once again at St Chad’s. We started the festivities with our year group assemblies which were conducted by our Chinese teacher Mrs Kirkham who introduced the history and traditions of the Chinese New Year festival. The assemblies helped raise all students’ awareness of Chinese New Year.
During China week, the workshops were conducted by Mrs Kirkham and our visiting Hanban teachers, Miss Hou and Mr Meng. In the workshops, students participated in Chinese calligraphy, traditional paper cutting art and water painting. Our students learned to write their names in Chinese and how to write “Good Luck” with Chinese characters. Some students did the water painting of a panda which helped the students to experience these traditional Chinese art skills. Also, students enjoyed the paper cuttings representing the symbol for “Double Happiness”. The workshops were open to the entire school and everyone who participated really enjoyed themselves, getting involved with typical relish and enthusiasm.
Our China Week was very successful. Students at St Chad’s not only increased their own cultural awareness of China itself but it has also helped them understand the global dimension of the real world. The excellent Chinese New Year celebration activities were very popular and positively received by all.