term welcomed with Lunar New Year celebrations

Thursday February 18, 2021

Friday marked the start of half term for Concord students and it also marked the Lunar New Year – symbolising the start of the ‘Year of the Ox.’ For some students on campus, not being able to celebrate Chinese New Year at home is a tough element of studying overseas, however Concord supports its students with celebratory activities each year. Ordinarily, students and supporting staff would have the option to travel to Birmingham for a Chinese New Year meal and celebration at a chosen restaurant – organised by the Chinese and Hong Kong Societies, ‘making our taste buds feel a little closer to home’ according to former 6.2 student, Brandy. With Covid-19 restrictions, this year Concord organised celebrations at the college, with the Catering team kindly hosting an ‘all you can eat’ style buffet in the Dining Hall, before students and resident staff enjoyed a fireworks display over Hall Meadow. Said Head Boy Louis, who is a boarding student from China: “The fireworks lit up the evening sky for all students to enjoy, and the buffet left a sweet taste of our distant homes, amidst the New Year celebrations.” Other activities included authentic decoration making, as well as a handful of students helping to create a Lunar New year display outside of the library. Librarian, Mrs Anne Williams said: “It was so nice to see students enjoying the Lunar New Year and activities – which served as a well-earned break, but also to see them continuing to manage their studies and using the library over the weekend.”