Marking the turn of the lunar year, Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries in China and festivities are replicated around the world at this time of year. Also known as Spring Festival and Lunar New Year, this colourful celebration starts on the last day of the last month in the Chinese lunar calendar and ends on the 15th day of the first month with the spectacular Lantern Festival.
Students at LVS Oxford have been learning about the fascinating customs that make up the Chinese New Year, which this year celebrates the Year of the pig. The fun started at lunchtime on the 5th February when the dining hall was transformed for the occasion and students and staff were able to sample delicious Chinese dishes.
Several subject teachers then introduced Chinese New Year to students in lessons. In art, learners were able to create their own colourful Chinese New Year lanterns and good luck messages in Chinese. In enterprise, students put together facts and images for a display along the main corridor in school, and in history they looked back and learnt about the legends on which Chinese New Year is based. China’s influence on the world was also explored in lessons on inventions to come out of ancient China, including chopsticks, paper, the compass, fireworks and kites.
Keeden Vivian, who is in Year 8, comments, “I enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and it was kind of fun having a go at the Chinese lettering too.”
Louisa Allison-Bergin, Head of School, adds, “Introducing our students to customs and traditions from other cultures really encourages them to take a broad view of the world and helps them to see differences in a very positive way. By co-ordinating Chinese New Year activities across the curriculum, we were able to create a real sense of excitement around the learning. The students were very proud of the things they discovered and created, and it was wonderful to see how much effort they put into the various Chinese New Year projects.”