When children and parents, many of whom originate from Hong Kong, joined staff at Tollerton Primary School in planning their Chinese New Year celebrations, it promised to be a huge success and it certainly did not disappoint!
Everyone at the school had a fantastic day celebrating The Year of the Rabbit by making traditional Chinese crafts, enjoying Chinese foods, and learning more about Chinese culture and traditions.
Headteacher Jon Wells said “It was wonderful for a group of pupils who have joined our school recently to share their cultural heritage with us. During the week, a small group of children lead assemblies (a daunting task by any measure!) where they shared traditions and genuinely brought our celebrations to life. At the end of the week, we immersed ourselves in a real celebration including Fai Chun (red blessings), food tasting (with chopsticks), learning about the Zodiac and making rabbit crafts in traditional colours of gold and red”.
Lucy Westgate, the school’s EAL (English as an additional language) Lead said “The children experienced a fabulous enrichment opportunity where they learned and loved so much about culture and traditions beyond our shores. Feedback from parents was that children arrived home full of excitement and with an eagerness to share their day and experiences with their families. Fair to say, a great day was had by all!”.
Staff enjoyed added treats in the staffroom in the form of delightful red date and water chestnut rice cakes made by Ms Lam!