This week, we have been celebrating Chinese New Year, which, this year, is the year of the dog. The traditional belief is that the animal you are represented by can tell you a lot about your personality. This is a Year of Earth Dog, starting from the 2018 Chinese New Year on Feb. 16 and lasting to 2019 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 4. Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. Many of our current Year 7s were also born in the Year of the Dog.
To mark this auspicious occasion, we have had a Chinese theme in our dining room this week which was well and truly embraced by our internationally-minded students as we saw a significant increase in students partaking in school dinners.
We have welcomed our now good friends from Beyond English Club as part of our homestay project and Chinese students have been joining Year 7 tutor groups who have enjoyed hosting our special guests for the next 9 days. The teacher accompanying the group is Richard Hackett-Brown, an ex-student of the Anglo European and it was lovely to welcome another member of our alumni into school again.
We were also fortunate to welcome Dr Pan Lin, Programme Coordinator from UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools UCL Institute of Education to discuss the Mandarin Excellence Programme with both Mrs Gee and Mrs Fan, Subject Leader Mandarin. She observed 7C and looked at the excellent work they have been producing on this prestigious course of study.
Finally, at the end of every day this week, each year group has enjoyed a special assembly put together by students from 7C and 8C to explain the Chinese New Year and entertain our students with traditional songs and dances from China.
It has been a special week at Anglo and we wish our Chinese families, friends and partner schools a very happy new year.