• Expressive Arts
  • Prep
  • Senior
  • Sixth Form

Last week, we had the pleasure of celebrating Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Dragon with an assembly brimming with cultural richness and joy. Organised by some of our Chinese pupils.

As we gathered in York hall, Excitement mounted as traditional Chinese music filled the room, setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration. The assembly featured mesmerising traditional Chinese dancing, and a mini parade featuring a handmade dragon. Crafted with care and adorned with vibrant colors, the dragon came to life as it wound its way across the stage. It was a sight to behold—a symbol of prosperity, strength, and good fortune.

The atmosphere was electric, filled with laughter, applause, and a sense of camaraderie. For many of us, it was a chance to learn more about Chinese culture and customs, to immerse ourselves in something new and beautiful.

"Chinese New Year, this year was quite different for me compared to previous years. I had the opportunity to lead an assembly for the whole school with the assistance of some of the prep pupils within the Chinese club that I run. We performed a dragon dance with the dragon that was created by the prep pupils. Then we performed a Chinese New Year song. It was most important to me was that I had the chance to share my knowledge of Chinese culture".

Sabrina Cheung Sixth Form Pupil

"It was such a wonderful surprise that Malvern St James made Chinese food to honor this special celebration

The plethora of food they served was scrumptious, including Chinese soup, Hoisin duck pancakes, and egg fried rice for lunch. All these foods are traditionally eaten in Hong Kong, so I applaud the school’s effort in embracing my culture.

For dinner, we had Hoisin duck bao buns as well as vegetable teriyaki stir fry, another sublime dish. 

Other than the wonderful cuisine, Malvern St James also had an assembly to educate others about Chinese New Year, from discussing the idiom 畫龍點眼 - ‘the finishing touch’ - to introducing how the dragon represents the year of 2024. I felt utterly proud of my culture". 

Yanichel Lo Year 11 pupil.