Celebrating a rich mix of traditions

Our Early Learning students recently enjoyed a dragon dance performance to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year and beginning of the Year of the Dog.

“Over a few weeks we have celebrated Chinese New Year, not just because it has occurred, but because it is relevant to our children, their families, and our educators,” IGS Director of Early Learning Rebecca Jensen-Waud said.

Chinese was introduced into the Junior School in 2017, and our Preschool students became the first group of IGS Chinese language students.

By introducing a new language to the School, we also welcomed new culture and traditions to discover and celebrate.

A custom in IGS Early Learning is to “authentically honour cultural celebrations” Ms Jensen-Waud said.

The Chinese New Year presented the first major 2018 cultural celebration for our Early Learning community.

“In Early Learning, we always ask our families about important cultural celebrations they enjoy in their households,” Ms Jensen-Waud said.

“A rainbow of responses is often received, which is reflective of our cultural diversity.”

We look forward to sharing more cultural traditions and celebrations throughout the year, and to 2019 when our first Kindergarten Chinese class will begin.