Bainbridge children learn lesson in international understanding

Lynn Lin tells the story of Chinese New Year to Bainbridge children

By Betsy Everett

Children at Bainbridge Church of England Primary and Nursery School celebrated the Chinese New Year with lantern- and dragon-making, fortune cookie baking and noodle tasting, a week ahead of the official date.

The actual new year, February 16, falls this year in the school half-term and teachers were keen to ensure that the pupils from four upwards did not miss out on a vital cultural experience.

“In their everyday lives children in rural areas like ours don’t meet people from such a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds as do those who live in cities and the big urban conurbations, so it’s doubly important that we introduce them to that wider world through school,” said teacher Jill Loughlin.
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“From a very young age we want to help them grow up with a real understanding of and respect for people of every race and religion.”

Accountant Lynn Lin who came to the UK 18 years ago and now lives in London, was invited to talk to the pupils while visiting relatives in Wensleydale, about Chinese new year customs including the naming of the years after animals in the Chinese zodiac: 2018 is the year of the dog.