Published on: 15 February 2018

It has been an eventful week of celebrations with boys in our Preparatory School embracing a variety of culturally rich, fun and hands-on activities as part of Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Spring Festival.

The week’s activities included a visit to the Confucius Institute for Year 3 boys, Kung Fu sessions, a Chinese language and culture quiz, Chinese board games, paper cutting, the making of jianzi (hacky sacks), movie sessions and a lucky draw competition.

“Each year our Prep boys embrace the Chinese New Year with great energy and joy as they participate in our colourful program of activities on offer. It’s a wonderful time of the year to highlight and celebrate the Chinese language as well as culture,” says Christ Church Grammar School Mandarin teacher, Ms Li Liu.

The Chinese New Year officially begins this Friday 16 February where celebrations are tipped to last for over two weeks across the globe, involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances. According to the Chinese zodiac which operates on a 12-year cycle, those born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 form alignment to the Dog zodiac and are said to be communicative, serious, and responsible.

This week’s Chinese New Year celebrations will conclude with a fried rice cooking demonstration in the Preparatory School. Xin Nian Hao (Happy Chinese New Year)!