THE students of ISB Brunei celebrated an important local event yesterday with plenty of enthusiasm and noise.
The event opened with Darren Sibley, Primary Principal, reminding the students of how significant the tradition of celebrating New Year is to the Chinese community.
The children watched a short video on the ‘Magic of the New Year Celebrations’ and were then entertained by the Year 3 students performing the song ‘Gong xi fa cai’ and joined in with chorus, which their music teacher Mrs Bishop had taught them in preparation.
Year 2 then performed a song of their own entitled ‘Celebration’.
Year 4 performed ‘The Umbrella Dance’ to the drumming of Jacob Kurian in Year 5, followed by a combined Year 3, 5 and 6 group performance of the New Year celebration song and dance.
Next it was the turn of the teachers to overcome their inhibitions in a very loud balloon bursting game. These were the ‘fireworks’ provided for this Chinese New Year and the children enjoyed themselves.
Mr Sibley thanked teachers Yang Pen and Siti Maria for all their hard work preparing the event for the school before the children returned to their classes excitedly discussing the events of the morning.
It was an excellent opportunity for the children to watch a community tradition of Brunei as they learn about the cultures of other people and places around the world.