On January 25th 2019, Wellington College International Hangzhou held its first Chinese Culture Day event to celebrate the Chinese New Year. As an international school, we recognise the importance of understanding and celebrating our host country and hope to provide opportunities that allow our pupils to engage with the rich and deep heritage of Chinese culture. This year’s event was a whole day one, including many fun games and activities designed to inspire the pupils and facilitate both independent and collaborative experiences. Pupils, teachers, staff members and parents all felt the Spring Festival atmosphere and dressed up in traditional attire to demonstrate their festive spirit.
The event started with a traditional umbrella dance performed by Year 5 and 6 pupils. Mr. Jonathan Mills, Head of Pre-Prep and Prep, delivered a sincere Spring Festival wish to the Wellington community. Showing off their traditional attire, pupils and teachers performed a fashion show, with examples of ancient Chinese clothing such as Qipao, Hanfu, and Tang era dress.
The performance wrapped up with the singing of a Chinese song, ‘Gong Xi! Gong Xi!’. Kudos to the entire pupil, teaching and academic leadership team for demonstrating their courage by performing, sometimes out of their comfort zones.
After the official performance, pupils enjoyed a range of Chinese cultural activities. Let’s take a look at how our pupils spent the rest of the day.
- Making dumplings with help from the Friends of Wellington at the V&A
- Playing traditional Chinese children’s games
- Watching the Lion and Dragon Dance after Mr. Paul Rogers, Executive Master of Wellington College Hangzhou completed the lion’s eye-dotting
- A big thank to Friends of Wellington for supporting this Chinese New Year celebration event
- Eating their home-made dumplings for lunch
- Watching the lion and dragon dance in the gym together with Huili School Hangzhou pupils. Some close encounters with the lion were in store
- Doing a Chinese culture quiz in the Mandarin classroom
- Learning how to write festival couplets and blessings with brush pens from an experienced calligrapher
- Decorating the corridors and recording a Happy Chinese New Year Wish
- Enjoying a traditional tug-of-war in the gym
We wish all members of the Hangzhou community a very happy Spring Festival holiday and “Xin Nian Kuai Le!”