Thursday was Fleming Mufti Day and to
link this with Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse was welcomed in with a
great school assembly by students and staff from the Mandarin Department.
The students presented some
interesting information about the year of the Chinese zodiac, Horse and
entertained the assembly with some wonderful music performances on the Erhu and
the Zheng. The Zheng is an ancient
Chinese instrument that has an arched surface and rests on two pedestals. It is
played using 3 to 4 imitation fingernails. On the right side of the bridges,
both hands pluck the strings and on the left side, the left fingers bend the
strings to change pitch or to provide embellishment.
The Erhu is a kind of
violin (fiddle) with two strings and it is said that its origin would be dated
up to the Tang dynasty (618-907).
There was also a very skilful
demonstration with the Diabolo, the Chinese Yo Yo. Thanks to all of the
students who were involved with the assembly and to their teachers for helping
to arrange this assembly. This was followed at lunchtime with the entertaining
lion dance which attracted an enthusiastic audience of students, staff and parents.
With mock and re-sit exams now over,
the focus for our older students will move towards their preparations for their
end of year examinations. Once again it is pleasing to see our Year 13 students
receiving very good offers of university places following the time and effort
given to this process during the first term by them and their teachers.
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