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Pupils celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rat

Pupils celebrated the lunar Chinese New Year of the Rat by discovering more about the Chinese culture, and how and why Chinese New Year is celebrated.

During a week of festivities, pupils competed in an inter-form quiz on China and took part in a lesson on the art of Chinese Calligraphy learning how to write the character Fú, meaning ‘fortune’ or ‘good luck’, while sampling some traditional Chinese tea.

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‘Cooking around the World Club’ had pupils working together with the school’s Chinese students to make, cook, and enjoy dumplings. The dumpling shape resembles ancient Chinese silver ingots (which are not bars, but boat-shaped, oval, and turned up at the two ends). Legend has it that the more dumplings eaten during the New Year celebrations, the more money can be made in the year.

In Bellan House, Year 6 spent a lesson with three Senior School pupils. The younger children interviewed the older ones to find out about their lives at home, learning numbers in Cantonese and taking part in a chopstick lesson from Gordon Yu.

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Kathy Wang, Year 9, and International Coordinator, Mrs Nicola Selby, gave a presentation in assembly on the story behind Chinese New Year and some of the traditions that surround this special time. At the end pupils and staff were presented with a red pocket, normally containing real money, but on this occasion a chocolate coin.

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The week concluded with an array of Chinese food in the school Refectory.

新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè, Happy New Year, everyone!