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Goodmayes pupils enjoy Chinese New Year treats

PUBLISHED: 10:53 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 04 February 2016

Eastcourt Independent School, celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Sinman Dance Company.

Eastcourt Independent School, celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Sinman Dance Company.

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Youngsters immersed themselves in Chinese culture to bring in the Year of the Monkey.

Eastcourt Independent School, celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Sinman Dance Company.Eastcourt Independent School, celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Sinman Dance Company.

Pupils at Eastcourt Independent School, Eastwood Road, Goodmayes, took part in workshops making traditional Chinese dragons and took part in festive food-tasting sessions in the lead-up to Chinese New Year on Monday.

Teacher and celebrations organiser Mike Bell said: “The pupils started their Chinese New Year celebrations on Monday, this week.

“We had ribbon and lion dancers come in and lead a school assembly – they demonstrated the dances to the pupils.

“Workshops followed for every class and we had Chinese food tasting yesterday.”

Eastcourt Independent School, celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Sinman Dance Company.
Sin-man Yue, from the Sinman Dance Company.Eastcourt Independent School, celebrating Chinese New Year, with the Sinman Dance Company. Sin-man Yue, from the Sinman Dance Company.

The Year of the Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle.

Past Years of the Monkey include 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968 and 1956.

The numbers four and nine and the colours white, blue and gold are considered lucky for those born during a monkey year.

Mr Bell said: “The Year of the Monkey is in full swing!”


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