Whilst over a billion people were celebrating Chinese New Year in China itself last Monday, LVS Oxford marked the occasion with a less crowded party.
The event was tied in to teaching, providing an innovative way for learners to discover how different groups celebrate unique holidays. One interactive task at the beginning of Chinese New Year was for learners to identify from the Chinese zodiac the animal associated with the year that they were born. The theme also carried across English lessons by exploring Chinese proverbs, and art with a vibrant display of dragon pictures created.
Feasts form an exciting part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and residential learners experienced a delicious traditional Chinese meal that night, with barbecue spare ribs, noodles, chicken, rice, vegetables and prawn crackers on the menu and fortune cookies to finish.
The tables were decorated in traditional colours of red and gold and the food served in foil containers to give the evening an authentic Chinese take-away feel! The finishing touch was the chance for learners to experience eating with chopsticks - always a challenge!
Residential Manager Suzanne Parker-Towler said: "Our learners really enjoyed the celebration, and the chop sticks were a great touch - it was very interesting watching the learners get to grips with using them! The celebration was a great way to integrate learning around different cultures, and put learners at ease in a social situation. A big thanks to Sodexo for preparing the tables and food in such an authetic way".
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.