Campus News

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Our students and families recently celebrated the Chinese New Year (CNY) with the traditional greeting—Kung Hei Fat Choi. The CNY is also called the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival and is the most important celebration in the Chinese Calendar. It marks the first moon of the lunisolar calendars that are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun and that are traditional to China and many east Asian countries.

CNY was celebrated by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks and gifts. In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of 12 animals that feature in the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. This is the Year of the Tiger.

The Tiger is the third of all the zodiac animals and in ancient Chinese culture, it was valued because of its power, speed, and vigour. Chinese people regard those born under the Year of the Tiger as possessing the traditional values of courage, strength and confidence. Tigers are seen as hardworking and someone on whom family, friends and colleagues can always depend. They are popular because of their reliability and strong sense of justice, they are excellent at giving advice and never hesitate to offer help where it is needed.

I look forward to hearing how staff and students celebrated CNY with traditional firecrackers and fireworks, the giving of red envelopes, a family reunion dinner and the many other rituals that prepare them for prosperity, good luck and happiness in the new year.

Coronavirus Update

The Haileybury community would be aware of the increased outbreak of the novel coronavirus over the last month in parts of China. This forced the early closure of HIST for Semester 1.

HIST has been working closely with government officials and the education bureaus within Wuqing and Tianjin to provide as much information to staff while they are on their CNY break.

I am pleased to inform the wider Haileybury community that we have been in contact with all staff, parents and students and they all are safe and healthy.

Yanni Galanis 

International Principal, Haileybury International School, Tianjin