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2024 Chinese New Year Celebrations at Discovery College

Posted: February 8, 2024

The DC Chinese New Year celebrations were a resounding success, filled with exciting activities and cultural experiences for our students. It was a joyous occasion that brought the school community together, immersing everyone in the rich traditions of Chinese culture.

One of the highlights was the Live Broadcast Activity held on Monday, 5 February. This special activity was organised for Year 7 to Year 11 Chinese Language and Literature students. It was a new and exhilarating experience for the students as they had the opportunity to watch a live broadcast and follow a Chinese tour guide exploring the magnificent Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑) in Xian 西安. The experience also included a Warrior figures painting workshop, which allowed students to express their creativity and learn more about the historical significance of these ancient artefacts. The live broadcast activity was highly engaging and received positive feedback from all our MYP Chinese Language and Literature students.

On Tuesday, 6 February, we hosted a screening of the documentary “山海大嶼 Lantau: The Hidden Treasure of Hong Kong” for Year 11 students. The documentary showcased the beauty and cultural significance of Lantau Island, providing students with an educational and immersive experience. Additionally, they had the opportunity to meet with the documentary creators, enriching their understanding of the filmmaking process. We extend our thanks to Ms. Akina Lam for organizing this wonderful bilingual event.

On Wednesday, 7 February, we introduced our first-ever Chinese New Year Cultural activity booths for students from Year 2 to Year 11. There were eight cultural activity booths set up, each offering a unique experience. Students had the chance to try their hand at Sachet making, Chinese calligraphy (Spring couplet), pinwheel making, Chinese knots making, Chinese fifteen-pin bowling, Floor Curling, Chinese football, and pitch pot. The activities provided a hands-on opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Chinese traditions, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture. Students from Year 2 to Year 11 thoroughly enjoyed the cultural activity booths and had a truly memorable and enjoyable time.

The annual Lion Dance performance took place today Thursday, 8 February, captivating the entire school community. The Lion Dance is a traditional and symbolic performance that brings good luck and drives away evil spirits. The vibrant colours and energetic movements of the lion dancers enthralled students and staff alike, creating a festive atmosphere and spreading joy throughout the school.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for their generous sponsorship of the Chinese cultural activity booths on 7 February and the Lion Dance performance on 8 February. Their support played a vital role in making these events possible and added to the overall success of our Chinese New Year celebrations.

We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the student volunteers, and Chinese Team, who dedicated their time and efforts to assist in running these events. Their enthusiasm and commitment were instrumental in creating a vibrant and engaging experience for everyone involved.

On behalf of the Discovery College Chinese department, we extend our warmest wishes to the entire school community for a happy and prosperous Year of the Dragon. May this year bring abundant joy, success, and fulfilment to all members of our school community.