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1 March 2010 / Pupils Celebrate Chinese New Year

2010 is the Year of the Tiger and pupils listened intently to a presentation by Year 8 which explained how Chinese New Year is calculated and the characteristics of each zodiac sign. They were also told about the legend of Nian - a man-eating wild monster with an extremely large mouth capable of swallowing several people in one bite.

The monster kept appearing in a mountain village in China at the end of winter when food was sparse looking for villagers to eat. The people were understandably terrified until one day a wise old man told them that loud noises and the colour red would frighten the beast away. His advice proved correct and so, to this day, Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks, dancing and music.

Year 8 pupils Serena Williams, 12, from Carnon Downs, Olivia Maskell, 12, from Penzance, Ellis-Jade Davey, 13, from Plymouth and Madelaine Davison, 13, from Padstow brought the tiger alive at the assembly.

"We hadn't really practised so we kept tripping over each other," said Ellis-Jade. "It was great fun though."

Truro High School has five Chinese boarders so, as well as the special assembly, boarding pupils were treated to a Chinese New Year party that included a traditional Chinese meal. They also made the tiger and other decorations and took part in a quiz.

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