On Friday, 1 February 2019 Tanglin Trust School ushered in the Year of the Earth Pig in spectacular style with students and staff wearing Chinese costume or the colours red and gold.
The Infant and Junior School community came together for our annual Lunar New Year assembly. Children from across the two schools brought the customs and traditions of this special festival to life through music, song, dance and drama. The audience watched lion dances and kung fu performances, listened to children singing the painted mask of Beijing Opera, clapped along to ribbon and handkerchief dances, and learnt about the Chinese Zodiac cycle and the prosperous dish, Lo Hei. In addition, we were wowed by the masterful moves of performers from Xuan Sports and amazed by Alex Tan the magical mask changing man who put on a dramatic show!
In the Senior School, Year 7-10 students enjoyed visiting the Chinese New Year Fair in the bustling Exam Hall. There were 16 stalls offering traditional games; handicrafts including paper cutting, clay arts, Chinese painting and Dragon puppet making; and food and Chinese tea tasting. The Chinese New Year celebration activities were demonstrated by an instructor and the students were able to make and take home their souvenirs.
Ting Ting, Head of Chinese Senior School said: "We live in a region where Chinese culture is a major part of our community. I would like everyone to enjoy, have fun and gain authentic experiences and to learn about different traditions and customs which have been passed down through many generations."
Many thanks to the TTS Foundation for funding this year's external acts and supporting the Chinese New Year Fair.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!