Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is by far the most important of all Chinese festivals. It is the festival that lasts for 15 days and celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.
On Friday 12 February, in our Junior School assembly, we presented three Chinese-themed performances to start our celebration of Lunar New Year at St Peter’s College. The famous Chinese Folk Song ‘茉莉花mo li hua’ (Jasmine Flower), was performed by our Junior School Chinese Mother Tongue class (Rec to Year 6) with piano played by Ryan Weinert (Year 6). We also enjoyed an action-packed Kung Fu performance by Master Ye who is the Australian National Kungfu Wushu Champion, the World Bajiquan Martial Arts Champion and a stunt actor in Hollywood movie production. Mr Guo (Nason Guo’s grandfather) wrote us some Chinese New Year scrolls to wish our St Peter’s College community good luck and prosperity for 2021.
The Lunar New Year celebration is not complete without delicious traditional food. In Week 4, the Junior School students who are learning Chinese enjoyed making, cooking and eating dumplings 饺子and sticky rice balls汤圆 with the help from our lovely Chinese parent volunteers. The delicious smell and pure happiness lingered in the classroom long after the food was gone.
We wish everyone in the St Peter’s College community a very happy Lunar New Year!
Mrs Shelby Baker
Chinese Teacher – Junior School