Dragon Boat Fun on the Canal

Teachers and pupils took part in a traditional Chinese boat race

Thursday, 8th July: Crickhowell High School celebrated the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in unique Chinese-Welsh fusion style up on the canal at Llangattock. The mottoes of the race were Leadership and Friendship. The race was the highlight of a series of exciting activities taking place in school as part of our end of term Dragons Project. The Dragon Boat Festival is a significant event in China with the winner getting extra good luck in the year ahead. 

There was an exciting, high energy relay race with teachers pitted against pupils in two fantastic handmade, vibrantly decorated canoes. The teachers were the victorious team, after a wet and wild paddle along the canal. Boats and participants survived the race intact, with just a couple of staff members taking an unexpected dip in the canal at the end! 

 Oliver Sims, DT teacher at Crickhowell High School hand built these remarkable boats and art teacher, Lucy Bethel and pupis created the artwork and dragon heads. The project was generously supported by the Confucius Institute University of Wales Trinity St David. Support on the canal was provided by Kerry Crosfield. Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director Confucius Institute said: “I really enjoyed the day, the location and the atmosphere. Big congratulations to you and your colleagues and the valiant students. It was a super event and I’m looking forward to next year!”

Crickhowell High School was an original member of the Wales China Schools Project, set up to promote Chinese language and culture across schools in Wales through the Confucius Classroom network. The school has been promoting Chinese culture and teaching Mandarin for several years and is one of 18 schools in Wales designated as a Confucius Classroom. Keri Bosley, Confucius Champion and Director of International Languages at the school said: “Teamwork makes the dreamwork. It was such a fun afternoon, enjoyed by all involved; the Chinese boat race will definitely be an annual event!”

Photos here by pupils:

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For further information/details please contact Keri Bosley: kerib@crickhowell-hs.powys.sch.uk