Peninsula International School Australia (PISA) recently turned festival celebrations into learning moments for its students to better understand other cultures, fostering a culture of inclusion and acceptance. As an important annual event, the celebration of Chinese New Year is a good opportunity to showcase Chinese culture in the campus.
To commemorate the Year of the Rat, PISA recently prepared an array of activities and amazing performances to share with school families and members of the larger community. Students had the opportunity to toss Yee Sang, a unique auspicious tradition known as prosperity toss. They also put together a very entertaining Chinese New Year Assembly where they sang, danced and told the story of Chinese Zodiac. Students were also treated to a thrilling lion dance performance to usher in good luck, prosperity and joy.
Pre-school children were also introduced to Chinese New
Year. They were taught of the story behind Chinese New Year and tried their best to do the Gong Xi Fa Cai hand gesture. Since it is the year of the Rat, the children made a rat lantern. Some of them did a dragon puppet and it eventually led to our next activity – role play, hand painting and storytelling, among others.
At PISA, we believe that it is important for students to be culturally aware. Learning about other cultures, languages and religions, aside from their own help them to appreciate cultural differences and build respect for others. The more students are aware of other cultures, the more able they will be to recognise the beauty of diversity.