We celebrated Chinese New Year today. Emma wore some traditional clothes and did a talk about the day and what it symbolises for our students.
At lunch time students performed the Dragon Dance through the school creating much excitement.
It is important to share cultures to build pride and understanding of our diverse school community.
Dragons are of course legendary animals, but they are important to Chinese people who think of dragons as helpful, friendly creatures. They are linked to good luck, long life and wisdom.
Dragon dances are performed at New Year to scare away evil spirits. During the dance the performers hold poles and raise and lower the Dragon. Sometimes one man has a 'Pearl of Wisdom' on a pole and he entices the Dragon to follow him to the beat of a drum, as if searching for wisdom and knowledge.