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A Taste of China for the King's Schools Community

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The Year of the Dog officially kicked off this week as members of the King’s Schools community gathered to enjoy an array of festive dishes at the annual Chinese New Year supper.

To celebrate cultural diversity, over 100 guests, including international students and King’s Hall pupils, joined together for the grand event, with our Chinese pupils taking great delight in being able to share this occasion with their King’s family.

The dining hall looked spectacular, decked with oriental decorations and colourful table settings. Guests were especially delighted to receive an individually designed place mat created by Nicky Richards, a member of our dedicated kitchen staff.

The delicious selection of traditional cuisines, kindly put together by our catering team, included Chinese chilli beef, mushroom chow mein and assorted dim sums.

Following the meal, pupils took the time to reflect on the evening’s events. Lower Sixth pupil Carl Tsang, along with Upper Sixth student, Thomas Tsai and Fifth Former, Will Richmond made speeches in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, respectively.

Carl discussed the importance of the Lantern Festival, a celebration that marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year. He also shared his love of tangyuan, a Chinese dessert made from glutinous rice flour and water. He reassures us that it tastes better than it sounds!

His closing speech touched the hearts of attendees. “There is a saying in China,” he said, “和气生财 (he qui sheng cai)” which means harmony brings wealth. We can see that to a family, harmony is so important. But to us, international students, we are oceans apart and unable to stay with our families. But now we are here with our King’s College family from all over the world. This is also a reunion, a very special reunion.”

In Chinese astrology, the Dog represents loyalty, friendliness and determination, which are all strong characteristics that lie at the heart of King’s’ ethos. We aim to retain these qualities and to continue strengthening our relationship with international pupils and agents.

International Tutor, Lisa Wrobel would like to extend special thanks to Vanessa Chan, Chris Gu, Jeremy Hau, Joyce Lai, Thomas Tsai, Carl Tsang and Vicky Zhang for helping to organise the event, as well as to our catering department for their invaluable support.

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