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Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. Celebrations traditionally run from the New Year Eve to the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the first calendar month.

Within China, the New Year Eve is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. Before that, it is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any bad luck and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune", "happiness" and "wealth". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes as present.

In traditional Chinese culture, the lion, like the Chinese dragon, was only an animal which existed in myth until few lions reached central China due to the Silk Road trade. At that time, people mimicked the appearance and actions of the newly arrived lions in a performance, which developed into the lion dance in the Three Kingdoms Period and then became popular to pray for good luck during Chinese New Year and other celebrations.

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Some Fabulous Year One Writing and the Visit from Mrs Sargood

Some Fabulous Year One Writing and the Visit from Mrs Sargood

Term 3 has been an enjoyable term for the Year 1s! In 1S we have learnt so many things about time, fractions and problem solving in maths. Our unit on the olden days was very interesting and we learnt about olden day school, teachers and toys. Also our writing has become so much more descriptive since we learnt about adjectives and adverbs.…

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UNSW English and Mathematics Competition Results

Last term Level 5 and 6 students were invited to participate in the UNSW English and Mathematics competitions. The results have now been delivered to the school and students will receive their certificates after Monday’s assembly. Students will also receive the test paper so that they can analyse their response to each question. It is important to note that these test papers are used both in Australia and internationally and therefore do not reflect AusVELS standards. I would like to commend each student who took part for taking on this extra-curricular challenge and below is the list of students who achieved distinctions and high distinctions.

UNSW English results
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Student who achieved the level of High Distinction

Kate Norgard

Students who achieved the level of Distinction

Evan Beltsis, Ruwan Jinadasa, Ella Steer, Zhiyuan Ye,
Lucas Tan,
Calum Rothnie, Laura Alberti, Zara Cocks and Imogen Groenhout

UNSW Mathematics results:

Students who achieved the level of Distinction

Jackson Griffiths, Ruwan Jinadasa, Georgia Scurrah, Jacob Yong, Charles Griffith, Ryan Lee, Toby Aitken, Alex Richards, Imogen Groenhout and Chau Dang.

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