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DURHAM COUNCIL: Chinese New Year to be celebrated with online events for schoolchildren

DURHAM COUNCIL: Chinese New Year to be celebrated with online events for schoolchildren

Online events announced to celebrate Chinese New year

Chinese New Year will be marked in schools across County Durham with a series of online events this Febraury!

Durham County Council announced that a programme of virtual activities will take place in honour of the lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox, which is celebrated from Monday 8 to Friday 12 February.

Although public events cannot take place this year due to coronavirus, the council’s International Relations Team is working with partners at Durham University, Durham Chinese School and GemArts to create online content for schools and pupils of all ages so that they can feel part of the festivities.

Some of this will be in the form of short videos which will be available to schools at the end of January and which class teachers can view and arrange for pupils to access safely from home.


The videos are;

  • The story of the Ox and the Chinese Zodiac told by Durham Chinese School
  • Life in China today,  a short film made by the Durham University Chinese Scholars’ and Students’ Association
  • Make a Chinese dragon at home, a step-by-step guide to building a dragon using simple materials, delivered by GemArts artist Pui Lee

Durham Chinese School will offer a live craft session to demonstrate calligraphy and simple paper cutting for Key Stage 1 pupils, while there will also be Chinese language taster sessions for pupils to practise simple words and phrases offered at primary and secondary level by students at the university’s school of modern languages and culture.

The team will also be running three types of live sessions which schools will need to book.

These will be suited for classes with key workers’ children or those pupils who are attending schools because of their vulnerability.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people's services at Durham County Council, said:

“Despite currently not being able to hold public events due to coronavirus I’m sure that pupils in our schools will enjoy learning all about this festival and the Year of the Ox.

“The online activities will provide a fantastic opportunity to find out more about Chinese culture and traditions.”

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