Lunar New Year at Meadowridge
The sound of traditional bamboo flute, the sights of lanterns and red pockets, and the smell of a Chinese cultural feast filled the hallways of Meadowridge School on the morning of Lunar New Year day. But most deeply conveyed was the cultivation of community.
As a newcomer to this school, I didn't know quite what to expect going into this Lunar New Year celebration. I went in with an open mind and a fresh pair of eyes, but I left wholeheartedly impressed with the caliber of parent, staff, and student collaboration. Never before had I seen so many parents dedicating so much time, into planning each of the aspects of décor, presentations, food, and gifts.
The staff were open and supportive of the parent ideas. The students shared their unique and traditional talents. All parents were invited to attend the assembly. Even Wallaby, our school dog, participated in the parade and dotting of the lions' eyes. This sense of inclusion every step of the way, extending to every person and even animal, served to create such an unparalleled sense of community. The celebration taught me that Meadowridge School is a community, and each member of this community was willing to contribute, open to new ideas, and passionate for the cause - and that was what made the picture whole.
The celebration taught me that Meadowridge School is a community, and each member of this community was willing to contribute, open to new ideas, and passionate for the cause - and that was what made the picture whole.
In Chinese we have a phrase called "热闹". It is pronounced rè nào and captures the meaning of so many things: liveliness, a bustling ambiance, a jolly demeanor. This type of feeling is reminiscent of times when surrounded by crowds of people, all coming together to celebrate a common purpose and passion. I feel like our Lunar New Year celebration was just that. At Meadowridge's 2018 Lunar New Year celebration, there were four elements happening in equal measure – culture, collaboration, celebration, and community.
About the Author
Sophia Hu is a new member of the Advancement Team at Meadowridge School. Working as a Community Engagement Specialist, she liaises with the Parent guild, makes connections with the Mandarin speaking community, and supports Events, Education and Admissions initiatives. Being an IB alumnus herself, she understands the critical importance of creativity, action, and service. After completing three Science majors and enough courses for an Education minor at UBC, she decided to follow her passions for engaging with people and advocating for community inclusion. Over the past years, she has been able to engage the community of Richmond through the Municipal Government, and coordinate presentations across Canada about accessibility and inclusion through the Rick Hansen Foundation. When she's not at work, she is walking her dog, eating sushi, or travelling.