Chinese New Year celebrations

Pupils bring in the Chinese New Year
Pupils bring in the Chinese New Year

A Chinese showcase was hosted in St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch to bring in the Chinese New Year.

Children from eight primary schools as well as pupils from St Ninian’s took part in the show displaying the wide ranging talents and skills honed by pupils through the work of East Dunbartonshire’s Confucius Hub, based in St Ninian’s.

The programme included traditional Chinese performances such as dragon, snake and horse dancing, a Chinese tea ceremony, traditional music and drama and a fashion show of traditional dress.

To celebrate Chinese New Year - which marks the year of the horse - there were also more modern Chinese performances of Kung Fu break dancing, rapping and singing.

The show finished with the traditional Scottish song Auld Lang Syne being sung in Mandarin and English. Scottish composer Eddie McGuire played the Chinese flute to accompany the pupils.

Performing for an audience of 350 - including Provost Una Walker, Councillor Eric Gotts, quality improvement officer Mary Larkin and other special guests - 200 pupils, ranging from P1 to S6 showcased their learning.

Fong Liu, Mandarin teacher at St Ninian’s High, said: “All who attended the showcase were impressed with pupils’ talent in learning Chinese language and culture and the feedback from the wider audience watching via live broadcasting on Glow has been very positive.”

The primaries performing were St Flannan’s, Holy Family, St Machan’s, St Agatha’s, Meadowburn, Auchinairn, Lairdsland and Oxgang, all of whom have enjoyed input from Chinese teachers this year.