Let’s go fly a kite

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BATTLEFIELD primary welcomed in the year of the dragon this week with a colourful Chinese new year celebration.

Pupils have been working hard in preparation for the event — one of many planned for 2012 to celebrate the school building’s centenary year.

On Monday morning it was time to give handmade dragon kites an airing, and despite an unusually clear and mild day, children from every class managed to get their creations off the ground for a playground party.

A few lucky pupils were also chosen to parade the school yard in a special costume — the dragon itself.

Primary sevens Katie Conner and Sandy Jenkins were on hand to tell The Extra what they learned about Chinese new year.

Katie (11), was born in China and moved to Glasgow at a young age. She explained: “We now all know that red is a lucky colour for China, and that families celebrate there by eating lots of food on new year”.

Sandy (10) added: “Dragons are the most important animals to China, so this year is very special. It’s also an important year to us, because it marks 100 years for the school.

“We’ve had lots of fun learning more about it, and the kites are nice because they symbolise Battlefield primary taking off as well”.

Meanwhile, over at Robslee primary school, arty pupils have won prizes from a European-wide drawing competition.

The Thornliebank school was nominated by MSP Stewart Maxwell, who visited last week to award three winning pupils.

Elizabeth Ross (9) took first place, while Jessica Ross (11) and Karys Edgar (11) came in second and third.

The best entries — chosen from schools across Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and Belgium, to name a few — were displayed in Brussels near the European parliament, and the girls also received a coloured pencil set and postcards of their designs.

Head teacher Janice Collins commented: “All pupils in primary four to seven classes thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition and the entries were of a very high standard.

“The prize winners were thrilled with their prizes and at seeing their designs printed on postcards”.