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February 7th 2019

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2019 at Blackheath High School

Georgia from Year 7 and Ms Chung talk about the special Chinese New Year assembly at Blackheath High School and the custom of the Red Envelope.

I really enjoyed being in the Chinese New Year assembly. I thought it was a great opportunity to become more confident in Mandarin. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and we all loved rehearsing and learning our lines.

We learnt a song, poem and rhyme in Chinese and dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes. Six people enacted a dragon dance to the traditional festival music. Everyone was amazed at how brave Denise was when she performed her Kung Fu in front of the whole school.  

Although it didn’t go exactly how rehearsed we had fun and at the end of the day, it doesn’t need to be “perfect”. - Georgia, Year 7


The Red Envelope

Giving red envelopes (or Hongbao) is a custom at Chinese New Year. Red envelopes always contain money in China, and are given, most commonly, to kids from their parents, grandparents, and others as Chinese New Year gifts. 

In today’s lesson, I gave out red envelopes with chocolate coins inside to each of my Year 7 Mandarin students, to wish them another safe and peaceful year - Ms Chung


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