Today we are celebrating Chinese New Year in school. Everyone is wearing something red as it is a lucky colour in China. We are also having a special Chinese menu for lunch.
During worship, we were lucky to see a beautiful parasol and fan that Benedict's grandfather had brought back from Hong Kong as a gift for Ben's Mummy when she was young.
Father Robert then showed us some special Chinese items that he has. Father Robert's grandfather lived in China and his Mum was born there. He has met lots of Chinese people and knows a lot about the country. He showed us one of his thirty pairs of chopsticks! He also showed us some beautiful writing implements and his granfather's signature stamp in special writing.
He then showed us a beautiful silver object but we didn't know what it was. He told us that in China a long time ago, a sign of being very important was to have very long fingernails. Important people would wear the silver nail protectors to show how special they were and some people would wear one on each finger!
We are now going to spend time in our classes learning more about China and making some special Chinese crafts. We have also got a special visitor to mark the Year of the Dog. Mrs Ottewell's dog, Dylan, has come to school for the day and we will get the chance to meet him.