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Celebrating Chinese New Year

17 February 2021

This year marks the year of the Ox in the Chinese lunar calendar!

At Prince Alfred College we recognise the importance of this festival for our many international students and were once again keen to make it a fun and memorable event for everyone, including local students. In China, it is a tradition where the whole family comes together for a special banquet, known as the reunion dinner. However, due to COVID-19 all of the international students were unable to travel back home to celebrate it with their family and loved ones. Fortunately, the PAC community and Boarding House provided a New Year’s Eve dinner for all international and local boarders and staff. Special thanks to the chef and kitchen staff for preparing such a sumptuous feast.

After the dinner, all boarders participated in a fun and challenging Quiz which consisted 40 questions about Chinese and Australian cultures. It was wonderful to see the international and local boys working together with passion and interest. After the Quiz, the international boys performed a spectacular Lion Dance, believed to bring good luck and fortune to the new year.

On Chinese New Year's Day, the international boys from the senior school continued the celebrations, performing the Lion Dance for our ELC and Prep School students. The ELC boys and girls were very curious and excited. Special thanks to Jerry Yip, Martin Ng, Hayden Wong, David Sun, Oakley Shi and myself for their hard work in making the Chinese New Year celebration a special and memorable occassion for the PAC community.

Overall, the whole celebration of this important festival has been very enjoyable for me and everyone involved. I really appreciate all the PAC staff and local boys for celebrating this special festival with our international boys. This really encourages us to work harder and feel closer to each other.

Wishing everyone in the community a peaceful and prosperous year of the Ox!

Justin Cheung
Year 11

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