We had a fantastic Chinese New Year celebration on 13 February. In the morning, the Lion Dance appeared in the asphalt area accompanied by loud drumming, cymbals and a gong. All the students went outside of their classrooms to watch the Lion dance as it moved and threw mandarines to some of the lucky students who caught them. It certainly brought a lot of fun and energy to our school. Some of the students also had a chance to pat the lion. The students then went back to their classes to participate in activities related to the theme of the year of the Rooster. Thank you to all the staff at TPPS. The day would not have been possible without your support. Thank you to the parents who helped your children dress for the day and especially thank you to your gold coin donations for the Lion Dance performance by the Jow Ga Kuen Martial Arts Association. Thank you to James C and Sihana from 5A for explaining to the crowd the significance of the Lion Dance, such as how mandarines symbolise good luck in Chinese culture. Thank you to Samantha and Kara from 5K for collecting the money from all the classes. Finally, I would like to thank the Chinese parent community for providing the delicious staff morning tea.
TPPS had a whole school celebration for Chinese New Year on 8 February 2016. In the morning, the Grade 5 students formed a Lion Dance group to parade through the school. Students were really excited about having the lion and musicians visiting their classrooms. All students took part in activities with their class teachers. Prep, Grade One and Two students made fire-breathing dragons. Grade Four, Five and Six students made red envelopes in which traditionally money is placed and given to children during the new year. Instead of receiving money, all students were still excited about getting a gold coin chocolate in a red envelope. In Chinese classes, the students learnt about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and listened to the New Year song. They also enjoyed making fortune frames and a dragon. In Art, students drew beautiful dragons and made mobile monkeys. The students had a fantastic experience learning about Chinese New Year through these fun activities.