Xinnian kuaile! (Happy New Year!) From The Purbeck School

Xinnian kuaile! From The Purbeck School

On Wednesday 10th February 2016, with the help of Zoë (a native Chinese student from Harrow House) and Alex (our language assistant) we hosted a fantastic celebratory ‘Chinese New Year morning’ (Year of the Monkey) for 16 Year 5 students, coming from our feeder primary schools and what a busy morning it was!

We first started by learning some Mandarin greetings and coming to grips with writing some Mandarin characters.  It was really good to see everybody having a go at greeting each other and didn’t they do well!  We even learnt some numbers while playing bingo!  After a short break, which enabled us to run around the playground (we needed that!), we spend time in the Art room where we learnt about Chinese zodiac animals, and brush painted them along with their Mandarin characters.  But it would not have been a complete Chinese celebration, had we not come across (decorated) some either quite amiable or sometimes scary dragons, well their masks anyway!  None of this, so far, would have been possible without Mrs Lummes’ help – so thank you.

We could not round up the morning without having a taster session (literally!) where we sampled some Chinese food and some very authentic Chinese tea!  From the feedback received from the children, this session was deemed a very popular one indeed as everybody tried, with various degrees of success, to master the dreaded chopsticks! No mean feat for their first time! Fear not, let’s just say that spoons were at the ready!

Of course, this amazing Mandarin morning could not have come to a close without each student receiving a certificate, a fortune cookie and a balloon!  Phew!  A big ‘xièxie’ (thank you) to everyone (especially the children themselves) who helped to make our Chinese morning so enjoyable and memorable. Zàijiàn! (See you again!).

Mrs B. Martin

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