Seaford Celebrate the Year of the Horse! Seaford College Prep School celebrated Chinese New Year with real style on Friday 31 January. Every child was asked to come to school wearing something red, some even came in traditional Chinese clothing. Sebastian Rees, the Head of the Prep School led the early morning assembly and explained that the Chinese calendar worked on a 12 year animal zodiac cycle – this year we were saying goodbye to the Year of the Snake and hello to the Year of the Horse!
The children then made dragon masks, created different animals out of paper and even had a go at Chinese calligraphy. They were all given their own Chinese name which the practiced writing. Rhys Hodder from year 3 said: “I prefer writing in Chinese because they don’t have to think about finger spaces between words!”
Chinese food was served at lunch time, but chopsticks were saved for our Chopstick Challenge when children were asked to pick up and eat smarties with them. Congratulations go to Lucas McArthur, Dan Colegate and Joe Pavia who were the first three children to eat six smarties with chopsticks.
The afternoon was spent learning some Tai Chi, which was thoroughly enjoyed by both children and their teachers, and creating a huge colourful painted dragon which the children paraded in the final assembly, to great applause from watching parents.
Sebastian Rees said: “Chinese New Year was celebrated in spectacular style in the Prep School. The children made a fabulous Chinese dragon which they proudly paraded through the afternoon assembly.”