Learners returned for a new term this week, having enjoyed several tastes of different cultures last term with special meals celebrating both Chinese New Year and the Jewish festival of Tu B'Shevat.
At the end of January, LVS Oxford’s residential students held an all school assembly where they shared fascinating insights into Chinese New Year. The students explained that, in Chinese culture, New Year is as important as Christmas is to those in the west. Twelve different animals are used to represent Chinese New Year and 2017 is the year of the rooster. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. It heralds the beginning of Spring, representing the new hopes and aspirations of Chinese people.
The residential students also enjoyed a Chinese New Year themed supper, which included chicken noodle soup, beef in black bean sauce, chicken chow mein and crispy sweet and sour pork. Residential learner Anthony said, “The food was amazing and it was really good of the staff to go to so much trouble with the special dishes and decorations.”
Sandy Jarvis, Sodexo Site Manager, adds, “Our Chinese New Year supper was a big success and we’ve followed it up with a lunch celebrating the Jewish festival of Tu B’Shevat (New Year for Trees). Young people with autism can have difficulty trying new flavours and textures so we are very mindful of this. Offering food from different cultures can motivate students to try something new, especially if they see friends trying it too.”
Students make good progress in their learning because they are taught well and they follow a good, creative and innovative curriculum that meets their needs.