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We are ready for the Year of the Sheep

by David Goodwin, Principal of  Britannica International School Shanghai

Britannica International School Principal writes for Chalksmart

We are ready for the Year of the Sheep

Students at Britannica International School, Shanghai have been enjoying a wide variety of exciting activities to celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome The Year of the Sheep!

During three days of rich cultural experiences, staff and students took part in a variety of shows, performances and activities throughout the school.  A professional group performed a dragon dance that was thoroughly enjoyed by all, the dance also symbolized good luck and success for the coming year.

During two Chinese assemblies, the children performed traditional Chinese songs and Kung Fu and presented fan dances and drum performances to their parents. One of the highlights was a short comedy play based on the Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, adapted and performed by our secondary students.

Students also took part in a number of traditional activities, making and tasting dumplings, made Hongbao, practised Chinese calligraphy, created art and craft sheep for the Year of the Sheep and tasted the sugar paintings made by a Chinese folk artist.

In a Kung Fu Workshop with Shifus from Ming Wu Kung Fu School, students learned some Kung Fu movements and experienced the charm and discipline of Chinese Kung Fu. The celebrations ended with a Chinese quiz to test students what they had learnt about Chinese culture.