IT WAS a celebration to remember for junior school pupils as they learnt about the Chinese new year.
Portsmouth High School Junior School, in Kent Road, Southsea, marked the Chinese new year of the horse by inviting St John’s College students to put on a traditional lion dance.
Pupils from all year groups gathered to watch the show and learn the story of the animals that represent the different years.
A number of activities took place throughout the day and the students got to dress in Chinese-themed clothes.
Gemma Venn, year three teacher and organiser of the event, said: ‘The whole day has been on a Chinese theme to celebrate Chinese new year.
‘We’ve planned all lessons to introduce Eastern culture, from making collages, playing mah-jong and maths challenges to a Chinese lunch with chopsticks.
‘To have St John’s College coming to perform their lion dance has been an amazing end to the day.
‘It is a great way for the girls to learn about other cultures in an exciting and stimulating way.’
The colourful lions interacted with the pupils while other students from St John’s College played the drums and cymbals. Pupil Susie Boydell thought the dance was exciting.
The 10-year-old said: ‘I thought the lion dance was quite scary but exciting at the same time.
‘We’ve had a day of Chinese- themed lessons. We did Chinese-themed challenges in maths and had a Chinese lunch which we tried to eat with chopsticks, but it was hard.’
Jessica Venn, four, also found the lions scary even though she knew they weren’t real.
She added: ‘The lion was scary and it was very loud but I know it wasn’t a real lion.’