College’s year of the dragon

Hartlepool 6th Form College principal Rick Wells dressed in a tradional Chinese costume.

Hartlepool 6th Form College principal Rick Wells dressed in a tradional Chinese costume.

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COLLEGE staff and students embraced the Chinese culture and brought to an end two weeks of celebration.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College organised a number of activities and events to mark this year’s Chinese New Year.

The 33 current Chinese students enjoyed a lunch made up of their homeland specialities to kickstart the celebrations and a Chinese tea party was also organised for all students.

The youngsters also took to the stage for a specially-organised performance to mark the occasion.

And they were joined by college leaders who joined in with the fun.

Principal Rick Wells dressed as a Chinese emperor along with college international student co-ordinator Lesley van der Werff.

Adrian Bostock, assistant principal at the college, in Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, said: “We organised a number of activities to mark the Chinese New Year.

“We wanted to embrace the Chinese culture for our international and English students and the youngsters really enjoyed it.”

The Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival which got underway on Monday, January 23.

The celebrations kickstarted 2012 which is the year of the dragon.

Mr Bostock added: “It’s been really good fun in the college, staff and students all joined in.

“The Chinese students had a fantastic time, but I was also amazed by the response of the English students and how keen they were to join in with everything, it was excellent.”

The Chinese students at the college live with host families in Hartlepool.

The college is always on the lookout for families who would be interested in hosting international students.

The families are paid for the role.

Anyone who is interested should call Lesley van der Werff on (01429) 294444.