It was a pleasure this morning to enjoy an assembly to commemorate and celebrate Lunar new year which fell earlier this week. Our catering manager, Lee Barker, and his team outdid themselves earlier in the week with some delicious Asian food to help our international boarders feel even more at home on that special day. This morning all of our boarders who come from South Korea, Hong Kong and China shared with us why the Lunar New Year is so important in their culture and also told us a lot about the Year of the Pig. We listened to their stories, heard some lovely music from our talented Korean, HK and Chinese pupils and were, for half an hour or so, transported into a different culture.
We were all given Fortune Cookies when we left assembly. Mine said: “If you eat something and nobody sees you eat it, it has no calories.” Totally agree.
I have been privileged as Headmaster to meet our parents and pupils in both South Korea and Hong Kong and I hope to be able to arrange a trip to China in the near future as well. Travel is a wonderful thing to do as it opens our eyes, ears and all of our senses to new experiences, languages and people. In a world where so many societies are busy tearing themselves apart over political and economic issues it is doubly important for schools to be educating our young people about the importance of understanding and tolerance.
In a week where both Mr Mathers and myself have spoken to the senior school about Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January), this message of respect and tolerance needs to be proclaimed loud and clear. I am very proud of our multi-cultural school environment; it is a wonderful place for children to grow up alongside people from all parts of the world whose cultures, languages, customs, beliefs and foods are different to theirs.
恭喜发财 新年快乐 새해 복 많이 받으세요
Happy new year!