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10 Days of Chinese New Year: Day 1

02 February 2015

To celebrate Chinese New Year and our 10th anniversary, for the next 10 days we will be hosting a series of cultural activities across the curriculum, including a whole school Chinese New Year performance on Wednesday 11 February in the secondary auditorium. Each day, students will write about what they've been doing to celebrate Chinese New Year, so look out for the daily update!

Our 10 Days of Chinese New Year kicked off today with a Chinese New Year quiz for Years 7, 8 and 9 during assembly. William in Year 8 tells us about it...

Today, Key Stage 3 were tested on their knowledge of Chinese New Year during assembly.

The test consisted of ten varied questions like ‘What is the meaning of the upside down ‘Fu’?’, ‘What is the sequence of the zodiac’ and so forth. We worked as a class and the total scores were counted as a class as well.

For the Chinese non-native speakers, the topic is more challenging. For native speakers, however, the majority of questions are relatively easy. But some questions were unexpected, such as ‘Who was not born in the year of the sheep?’ In the end, 8U won first place, 9B second place, and 7I third. We also watched a video presented by IB and teachers which turned out to be very interesting.

今天的班会(Assembly)我们做了关于中国新年知识的小测试,所有ks3的学生都去了。

 测试一共有十题,各色各样,像“倒贴福字的意义”、“生肖的顺序”等等。我们是跟班级同学一起做的,当然分数也是算班级的总分。对于中文非母语学生来说,题目有些难。对于母语学生来说,大多数题都比较简单。不过有些题目很奇怪,像“以下四个选项中哪个人不是在羊年生的?”最后8U获得了第一名,9B第二名,7I第三名。我们还看了由IB学生和老师一起做的视频,很有趣。

- William Zhang 张仲汉, 8B

There were also rehearsals going on for the Chinese New Year Performance next Wednesday:

It's eight days until the showtime of the Chinese New Year performance. The cast are busily preparing for the final show. As we step out of the dining hall, we could hear constant noise coming from the auditorium, as we stepped closer, we saw groups of blue-shirted primary students. We then came into realisation that these students were in fact singing a pop song by Carly Rae Jepson-Call Me Maybe, except in Chinese! I exclaimed upon how the lovely singing coupled with the dramatic dance altogether poses a magnificent scene.

还有八天就到中国新年的演出了,同学们都在加紧练习。我一吃完午饭就听到从剧院传来的歌声,走进去一看发现是穿着蓝色校服的小学生们。而正在响起的歌曲则是Carly Rae 的摇滚乐Call me maybe,他们歌词改成中文并配上舞蹈,一次次地排练着,十分华丽。 

- Frederick Tsao 8P, William Zhang 8B