Boxgrove pupils celebrate Chinese New Year

Elizabeth Linford, 9, places a "hong bao" lucky red packet on a tree to celebrate the Chinese New Year at her Boxgrove Primary School.''C120130-1 Chi Feb2 Chinese  Photo Louise Adams
Elizabeth Linford, 9, places a "hong bao" lucky red packet on a tree to celebrate the Chinese New Year at her Boxgrove Primary School.''C120130-1 Chi Feb2 Chinese Photo Louise Adams

IT WAS a new start for schoolchildren last week when they celebrated Chinese New Year.

Pupils at Boxgrove Primary School put their aprons on and prepared a stunning banquet which was the culmination of a week of activities focused on China and its culture.

The youngsters had fun doing some Chinese dancing and also spent time cleaning and sweeping the school to symbolise the Chinese tradition of sweeping away the previous year’s bad luck. Pupils also got creative and decorated the school with traditional Chinese dragons and lanterns and the colours red and gold.

Assistant head Teresa Smyth said: “For the banquet they really thought about what they wanted the experience to be like and they worked so well together. It was heartwarming to see Reception children stood next to Year 6 children chopping vegetables.”