Lunar New Year is one of the festivals widely celebrated by Singaporeans. In Metta school, we ushered the year of the Tiger with a roaring ceremony by Metta School Lion Dance troupe. The students then explore the common traditions for Chinese New Year and understand the significance of these traditions. They also took a virtual tour around Singapore to see how celebrations are carried out: namely River HongBao and Chinatown Light up festival as they are the popular highlights that Singaporeans enjoy.
Prior to the actual celebration day, each class was tasked to design and create a tiger sculpture using recycled materials. The students and teachers thoroughly displayed their creativity and teamwork. They upcycled used plastic bottles, cardboards and many other materials which would otherwise go to waste.
To encourage greater involvement of the whole school, the judging also took a different format for this year. All teaching and non-teaching staff and students were encouraged to vote online for the ‘Tiger Sculpture competition’ by scanning the QR codes. The staff and students participated enthusiastically as they were greeted with sculptures of different shapes and sizes at the display booth.
For the not-to-be-missed Best Dressed competition, students made effort to turn up in their traditional Chinese costumes and struck their best pose for photos. Teachers then uploaded the photos online while the school voted by liking the photos. There were much hype and buzz as students were visibly excited to ‘like’ the beautiful costumes donned by their peers. Prizes were presented for the competitions and students went home happily with goodie bags.