The first day of the Chinese New Year fell during the half-term exeat, on 16th February, but tradition dictates that celebrations can continue for two weeks afterwards. So on the return to school, planning and hosting a New Year party was a priority for the School’s Integration Coaches.
Firstly, they ensured that all pupils who follow the lunar calendar received the traditional red envelope containing good wishes for the New Year from their housemates. They also spent an afternoon making creative decorations.
With Quod colourfully decorated with lanterns, traditional dress and origami, and Eastern music playing in the background, the scene was set for a wonderful party. More than 80 guests of all nationalities and ages enjoyed traditional Chinese food and were offered the opportunity to learn how to use chopsticks, play traditional board games and practise writing their name in Chinese calligraphy.
Pupils commented that they hope this celebration of culture, food and togetherness will develop and continue for many years to come.
Mr Wright, Director of Internationalism