04 February 2022

CYP Lower – Celebrating Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year!  This is how you say “Happy New Year!” in Mandarin: 恭喜发财 / “gong-sshee faa-tseye” and Cantonese: 恭喜發財 / “gong-hey faa-chwhy”.   Mrs Enahoro led an exciting assembly about red envelopes, dazzling fireworks, dancing dragons, scrumptious foods and the Lunar calendar to teach us all about a very important time for communities in South-East Asia.  This year, February 1st marked the commencement of Chinese New Year celebrations.  Festivities continue for 15 days, ending with the lantern festival.  This year is the year of the Tiger, which represents courage and bravery.

On Thursday, Blue class amazed their parents with a fantastic assembly, taking us on a journey to find toys lost in a museum.  HUGE thanks to Ms Balhadere, Ms Vethakkan and Ms Khudyer for their hard work.  We really hope we can return to live performances soon.

During our celebration assembly we praised children who received Rainbow certificates this week.  Well done to Leo G, Emilia and JJ for writing excellent sentences using the word quietly.  Next week our Word of the Week is cheerful, so please encourage your children to post their sentences into the golden box for a chance to win a rosette.

We had some fantastic entries to the Croydon Council’s Brighten Your Bag Competition which was run before Christmas.  It’s aim was to highlight road safety and the important message of be bright be seen.  The children had put a lot of thought and effort into their designs, which were definitely eye-catching!  Croydon has just announced the winners, sadly not Cypress this year, but well done to everyone who entered and as a thank you each entrant will receive a small prize for their creativity.

This week children in Reception have been celebrating Chinese New Year and learning a dragon dance!  They have also been exploring our wonderful school grounds and going on a bird watch and had a very special visit from Professor Bubbleworks, who taught all the children how to make slime… YUCK!  Children in Year 1 have been busy learning about the importance of recycling and the impact this has on our planet.  They have made some excellent posters with some very catchy slogans.  Sophie shared her slogan in assembly this morning: “Pick up your litter, or our planet will be bitter!”  Year 2 have been busy writing letters to Mrs Sorensen after the incredibly stinky Mr Twit sent them a video message saying he’d applied for a job in our school kitchen.  I wonder if we should employ him to make school lunches?  I’m sure all the children would love a slimy worm stew!

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We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Sorensen and the CYP Lower team

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Published on 4th February, 2022

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