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BCIS Chinese New Year Week

February, 2014
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bcis-chinese-weekOn the night of 30 January, China celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Horse. Before that, however, the students and teachers of Beijing City International School (BCIS) were involved in a host of fun and traditional activities as part of the school’s Chinese New Year Week, running from 20 to 24 January.

Activities for the Elementary School students included Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, making horses with clay and Chinese language games. There were additional activities in the students’ PE and art classes too. Secondary School students also got their chance to take part. Throughout the morning of 29 January, Grade 6-12 students attended several workshops designed to demonstrate the breadth and depth of traditions linked to the Chinese celebration of the lunar new year – everything from couplet writing, fan painting and bottle making to playing Chinese chess, making traditional jewellery and hosting a tea ceremony.

Integrating Chinese culture into the curriculum at BCIS is an important part of the school’s identity and mission. And after a week of engaging in some of the most famous cultural traditions of China’s long history, the students had a chance to showcase even more of their knowledge and skills in the New Year assemblies held on 29 January. These assemblies featured Chinese drumming, martial arts displays, fan dancing and even a performance of a Chinese “crosstalk.”

 

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