The 2018 Year of the Dog was celebrated in mid-February at the Chinese New Year assembly at Wade King Elementary School. The school celebrates annually as part of the Chinese culture and language offerings at the International Baccalaureate (IB) school.
Principal Stephanie Johnson shares her thoughts on the yearly event:
As an IB school offering the Primary Years Program, we are required to teach our students a second language and at Wade King we have chosen Mandarin Chinese. Our staff believes it is equally important to develop an understanding of the Chinese culture. For the month of February, our schoolwide Monday morning meetings focused on learning about Chinese New Year. We learned about the Chinese Zodiac and the symbolic importance of Dragon Dancing.
Our learning culminated at a recent assembly as Shizi, a lion marionette puppet, made his annual appearance. Fourth graders led our singing and fifth graders played drums and moved our three large dragons through the cafeteria. It was a great celebration bringing in the Year of the Dog.