As we approached the Lunar New Year, the halls of Nanjing International School were alive with the sights and sounds of Chinese culture and tradition. From Early Years to Secondary School, our students were immersed in learning about the rich history and customs of our host country, China. In our Mandarin classes, the focus was on the upcoming Year of the Rabbit and the traditions associated with it.
Throughout the lead-up to the holiday each year, NIS students participate in a variety of fun and educational activities that celebrate Chinese culture. These include calligraphy, lantern-making, zodiac animal crafts, and games that all showcase the unique aspects of the Lunar New Year. Many of these activities are student-led, with learners planning and presenting their own understanding of the holiday through creative art and performances.
On the last day of school before the break, NIS came together for a festive morning of traditional dress, hongbao, lucky draws, and student-led dragon dances. The festivities concluded with a fun fair and school-wide assemblies that showcased the diversity and creativity of our students.
At NIS, we strive to provide a cultural immersion and engagement experiences that align with our school Strategy of Student Voice, Student Choice, and Bursting the Bubble – our CNY celebrations are a joyous time of seeing this in action across our entire school. As we welcome the Year of the Rabbit, we wish our inclusive learning community a very Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!