Chinese New Year
The primary performance brought to life the seasons interlinked by confident narration: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Showcasing the children’s Mandarin skills, different year groups all had a part to play.
All enjoyed hearing the children recite a range of poems by heart in Mandarin, as well as some lively and enthusiastic singing.
Chinese customs and culture were clearly in evidence in a number of cleverly choreographed dances. Year 2 blossomed during, ‘Full Moon, Gorgeous Flowers’ whilst year 3 beat chopsticks rhythmically during their performance of traditional Mongolian dance. In year 4, the children showed off their kung fu moves as well as a beautiful dance with fans evoking.
The year 5 dance, ‘A Torch in Winter’, was a real hit and the year 6 peacock dance delighted all with its memorising movements.
Showcasing Chinese traditions and culture, it was a lovely to see children playing the Guzheng, alongside our Mandarin teachers. This unique instrument, also known as a Chinese zither, has more than a 2,500 year old history, and a beautiful way to listen to a Yimeng folk song.
It was wonderful to see every year group contribute from Early Years to year 6; with over 500 primary children taking part, it was an epic performance. Assembling a performance on this scale takes a lot of care and thoughtful planning.
This year secondary presented the legends of "Tiangou eating sun" by combining various performances that bring out the essence of Chinese culture.
The various performances included recitation of Confucius and Three Characters (San Zi Jing), traditional dances, Kungfu fan, Thousand Hands Guanyin, traditional Chinese instrument Guzheng and also the most anticipated Chinese drumming. It was wonderful to see more than 180 KS3 students participated in this yearly event.
Thank you to our creative and talented Mandarin team. In keeping with the Year of the Dog, it was a real team effort and all were appreciative of the colourful, vibrant spectacle.
Please go to our Facebook page to view more photos from the CNY celebrations and watch the full performances below.