On Friday we celebrated the ‘Year of the Dog’ at Southern Hills, led by our excellent Chinese teacher, Mr Sandlund.
Dragon dances, loud exploding firecrackers and a sea of red clothing!
It was a cultural experience for our younger students, many of whom were experiencing these things for the first time. Across the Primary school there were was an entire day filled with activities encouraging students in their learning of the Chinese language and culture and supporting the language program at the College.
Chinese New Year – also known as Spring Festival – follows the lunar calendar and the date therefore changes from year to year.
Students brought a small soft toy dog with them and it was ‘dog heaven’ for the Primary School students – and teachers!
There was a lot of red clothing being worn by all (it is the lucky colour for Chinese people) and after some collective worship, teachers ‘blessed’ the students with fruit, and different classes made Chinese lanterns, door banners and red envelopes.
The day culminated with rotating through cooking activities and the handing out of red envelopes - traditionally money is handed out to young children in China.
It was a fantastic day and we are glad that Mr Sandlund and the teachers and students entered into the activities with such excitement!
Until next year, Gong Xi Fa Chi !