King's Bangkok celebrates the Year of the Ox.
Today, at King's College International School Bangkok, we celebrated Chinese New Year. Our Headmaster Thomas Banyard gave oranges - one of the auspicious fruits of Chinese New Year - to parents. Today's atmosphere was full of excitement as both children and staff wore red and various accessories to welcome the Lunar New Year.
During this important festival, our teachers told stories about the origins of Chinese New Year that are both educational and entertaining for our younger students. There was also a drama performance from Year 3 students in the Concert Hall about a ferocious monster named “Nian”, who was scared of the colour red. Red has subsequently come to symbolise the repulsion of evil and misfortune and the attraction of good luck, happiness, auspiciousness and prosperity. We also held an event at The Great Hall, where student representatives from Year 6 shared what we should know about Chinese New Year, and a representative from Year 4 wished us all a happy Chinese New Year.
A huge thank you to our Chinese teachers, who jointly organised today’s activities. The celebration culminated in Kru Tom giving out chocolate medals to all our students. It is so important that children learn about Chinese culture as part of a well-rounded education and we place great importance on creating a unique celebratory atmosphere at King’s Bangkok.