Celebrating Tet 2020 throughout the Vinschool Education System
The Tet Fair 2020 with many exciting activities was held at all schools within the Vinschool Education System. In the spirits of global integration and inheritance of important traditional values, Vinsers had a chance to explore the new year celebrations of Vietnam and many foreign countries. This was an opportunity for the schools to incorporate the new year theme into the lessons of Vietnamese Studies, Fine Arts, Global Citizenship Education (GCED), CLISE (Character and Life Skills), STEM, etc. Accordingly, a Tet Fair with a wide range of lively activities and meaningful experiences was held to nurture Vinsers’ love for the traditional new year holiday.
Exciting week before Tet Fair 2020
Before Tet Fair 2020, Vinser from all schools took part in various activities to explore the new year celebrations of Vietnam and many other countries in the world. They had amazing experiences learning about the Tet holiday and the custom of ancestor worship and building spring-themed items from Lego pieces. These activities were integrated into subjects such as Vietnamese Studies, Fine Arts, Math, Science, ESL, GCED, STEM and more.
Not only did Vinser learn more about the beautiful New Year traditions of Vietnam, they were also able to practice and apply their skills and knowledge from different subjects to a series of activities prior to the Tet Fair like wrapping “chung” cakes, decorating classrooms, making handmade products, displaying the five-fruit tray, composing Tet couplets, drawing pictures of the new year traditions in foreign countries, extending new year wishes to grandparents, parents, and teachers, etc
To make the Tet Fair more meaningful, the schools also held some activities for parents to join. For example, for the activity “Spring memories” at Vinschool Golden River parents were invited to classes to share with Vinsers their childhood memories of Tet, their dreams and joy and how much they longed for Tet every year. Through their stories, the students had a clearer picture of the New Year traditions of Vietnamese people across the country.
Talking about her experiences of the week, Ms. Tran Thi Cam Linh, homeroom teacher of Class 2B1 at Vinschool The Harmony Primary School, also a parent of a Vinser, shared: “All the activities in the culture week are integrated into the subjects that students learn at school, especially the new subjects such as Vietnamese Studies, GCED and so on. These activities are creative and exciting. We hope that the Tet Fair with its interesting activities will help the students achieve the learning objectives and contribute to preserving the beautiful cultural traditions of Vietnam”.
The emotion-filled Tet Fair
With diverse themes, the schools offered their Vinsers a wide range of exciting activities and cultural experiences. The throbbing drumbeats, the vibrant lion dance, the traditional calligraphy contest and many folk games brought everyone back in time.
The Tet Fair got more exciting as students and their parents jointly took part in competitions such as wrapping “chung” cakes, Ring the Golden Bell, flower arranging and many more. Lots of Vinsers enjoyed watching the folk games and pictured in their minds what Tet was like in the past.
Through the exciting and appealing activities, Vinsers and their parents had joyful memories at the Tet Fair 2020. Mr. Nguyen Hong Minh, parent of a Vinser from Class 5A5, Vinschool Times City Primary School – T35, said: “I’m so happy to be hereto arrange flowers with my daughter. We don’t have time doing it together at home. Thanks to this activity, I had a chance to show her how to arrange flowers nicely. To my surprise, she was very excited and followed my instructions. I think the activities like this are very meaningful as they remind children of the unique traditions of their country. The most wonderful thing it brings about is l our time together”.
Thanks to the engaging activities of the Tet Fair, Vinsers had wonderful experiences and learned great new things. More importantly, their national pride and love for their country were deepened. Mr. Hoang Long Trong, teacher at Vinschool Central Park Secondary School, said: “Tet Fair is a good time for Vinsers to explore the cultural traditions of Vietnam and other countries. They are able to see cultural diversity in the world and learn to respect differences.”
Though Tet holiday is different now, its traditional values still remain and continue being handed down to the future generations. The Vinschool Tet Fair connected Tet in the past and at present and marked the end of a happy, meaningful year for Vinsers.