Cries of ‘Xin nián kuài lè!’ filled the hallways of Newcastle High School for Girls towards the end of January as we eagerly awaited Chinese New Year on Tuesday 5th February, when we were to enter the Year of the Pig.

During a Senior School assembly led by Mrs Lane, Subject Leader for Mandarin, we found out about the importance of New Year to Chinese people and the traditions associated with it. For example, did you know that Chinese New Year celebrations accounts for the largest use of fireworks on the planet? We also enjoyed a film featuring nearly all members of NHSG staff trying their best at some New Year related Mandarin phrases, some significantly better than others! This was followed by a magnificent Chinese-themed school lunch (many thanks, Mr Hearfield!). Girls studying Mandarin have also been attending special lunchtime sessions to learn more about traditions and practise Chinese crafts including calligraphy, chopstick skills and participate in a Chinese New Year song competition.

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