School marks Chinese New Year

DOWNEND School students who moved to the UK from Hong Kong took a leading role in organising the school’s first Lunar New Year celebrations.

An event with stalls was held at the school to mark the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon in February, with fellow pupils, staff and parents invited along.

The school currently has 15 pupils originally from Hong Kong, as an increasing number of families settle in Emersons Green and the surrounding area.

School Community Council Chair Emma Jukes said: “The Lunar Year celebrations felt like a great opportunity to enrich a large school community in a fun and educational way about the celebrations and importance that the Lunar Year has in Hong Kong’s culture. 

“Students, staff and parents were invited to take part in a variety of stalls, each stall having an educational element, but involving a fun game or task, with prizes on offer.

“The competitive spirit was felt as  successful players walked away with gold chocolate coins and lanterns. 

“Students from Hong Kong ran the stalls impeccably, and although such a small working group in number, were able to enrich a school community of over 1,400 students and staff.”

The event is expected to become a regular fixture in the school’s calendar.