'Joyful Kids' at CNY open house

(Top)School children feeding the lion as part of the CNY celebration at the Joyful Kids Montessori School. (Above) Children and teachers at the Joyful Kids Montessori School enjoying the CNY celebration. Pictures: BT/Zatty Joanda

Sunday, February 5, 2012

THE end of the festive Chinese New Year celebration is just around the corner, however that did not deter the Joyful Kids Montessori School as they celebrated the Lunar New Year in style with an open house at the school's premises in Telanai.

The young students dressed up in traditional chinese costumes regardless of their race to get into the spirit of the celebration.

Both sessions, morning and afternoon classes, had their own respective Chinese New Year open house with food and drinks for both students and parents as well as the teaching staff.

In addition to that, the children managed to become "lion dancers" as they took turns to adorn a miniature size of the traditional "lion" and parade around the school's front yard in front of their friends and teachers.

Academic Director at the school, Caroline Wong added, "we always have celebrations like these such as Hari Raya and Chinese New Year. It is nice to see the children having fun with one another in school during these kinds of celebrations."

The Academic Director said that this particular event at the school was aimed to teach the students "how to be hospitable during functions" where the students were encouraged and taught how to serve their parents the food and drinks as well as to instil proper etiquette during any kind of function.

"We have 50 new admissions for this school year for both sessions. It took a while for them to get used to the school environment and they have only recently gotten used to it," said Helen Sitai from Joyful Kids Montessori School. Zatty Joanda The Brunei Times

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