To celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Loong, or Chinese Dragon, the Chinese Department organised a series of activities, offering students a deep dive into Chinese culture.  

One of the highlights was the participation of Third- and Fifth-Year students in a Chinese film study day at BFI Southbank, London. Students delved into Chinese contemporary culture and analysed key scenes of the nation’s cinema, identifying key themes of family, travel and technology. Two Third Year students Jimmy Gao and Imaad Khan performed a self-written dialogue based on a short clip from a Chinese film for an audience of hundreds of Chinese learning students from across the country. Well done!  

In school, some students explored the symbolic differences between Western dragons and the Chinese Loong in their lessons, learning about its representation of power, wisdom, strength and good luck.  

The Lower School’s engagement in the Chinese Dragon Quest game saw Second Year Max Langridge Corbett winning more than 15 fortune cookies under Miss Liu’s guidance! 

Additionally, a dragon lantern workshop inspired students across year groups to embrace Chinese Lantern Festival, which ends the Lunar New Year’s celebration season. Third Year Romil Rathore said, ‘I think the workshop was a fun and enlightening experience, and I learned a lot! It was also very nice to have something pretty to take back home at the end.’ First Year Charlie Cormack agreed, ‘I really enjoyed making the dragon as it was hard but rewarding. It looks cool and works very well.’ 

These activities were all thoroughly enjoyed and helped to foster a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity among the students, enriching their educational experience. 


The Chinese Department mark every Lunar New Year, with recent highlights being a spectacular Lion dance as part of assembly and rock band Transition performing ‘Sorry my Chinese is not so good’ last year. 

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