Hampton Primary School News 2019

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Term 1

Dragon Dance at Hampton School 2019

The Chinese New Year is always a source of great excitement for everyone at Hampton School, as we take the time to partake in traditional customs and discover the history of the holiday. Hampton School is a special place and understanding diversity is an important part of our educational curriculum. We regularly celebrate the Chinese New Year by identifying fun and creative ways to capture the pupils’ imaginations and this year was no different. We arranged for our pupils to learn authentic Chinese paper cutting techniques and for an authentic Dragon dance ceremony which was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and teachers alike.

  • Hampton School pupils learning authentic Chinese paper cutting techniques
  • Hampton School pupils learning authentic Chinese paper cutting techniques
  • Hampton School pupils learning authentic Chinese paper cutting techniques
  • Hampton School pupils learning authentic Chinese paper cutting techniques

Teaching pupils about celebrations from around the world, is one way Hampton works to broaden their minds and increase their cultural awareness. With Chinese New Year being a public holiday in Mauritius, it is also important that we provide our pupils with the opportunity to learn about its significance. Typically occurring between January 21 and February 19, this is a brilliant week filled with culture, creativity and history. One we are certainly looking forward to celebrating again next year!

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Abolition of Slavery Performance at Curepipe Library

Term 1

Abolition of Slavery Performance at Curepipe Library

In all of humankind's history, there is perhaps no greater tragedy than that of slavery. A worldwide plague, many nations were built on the backs of slaves who were forced into lives of servitude, punishing manual labour, and abuse. Conversely, the abolition of slavery is one of humanity's most significant acts of self-correction. 

Hampton school was recently invited by the library of Curepipe to deliver a performance focused on and celebrating the abolition of slavery. With very little notice and time to prepare, however, our pupils put on an outstanding show for their audience, which included the Mayor of Curepipe.

Participating in these types of performances for an audience not only raises awareness amongst our pupils while building character and increasing self-confidence, it helps to deliver a resounding message to their audiences – there is no place in the world today, nor will there be tomorrow, for slavery, divisiveness, or the maltreatment of those who are seemingly different from us.

To ensure a time never comes when the world returns to such archaic practices, we believe it is essential to shed light upon the mistakes we have made in the past as a species. It is only through raising awareness of the facts that we can educate tomorrow’s leaders in how not to behave toward their fellow citizens.

The staff and pupils at Hampton are grateful to the staff of Curepipe Library and the Mayor of Curepipe. This was indeed a very proud day for our school!

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A Crafty Demonstration for Hampton’s Pupils

Term 1

Pupils learning paper cutting crafts

In an era where digital media is seemingly becoming the most dominant force in many children’s lives, it is essential to remind them that there are creative outlets that encourage exploration and the stretching one’s imagination without a screen.

That’s why Hampton recently hosted an expert in paper cutting crafts. Through his presentation, he demonstrated to our pupils just how simple it is to create beautiful pieces of art with just a pair of scissors, a sheet or two of paper, and a little bit of creativity.

Our learners watched in absolute amazement as our guest created flowers, ornaments and Chinese Lanterns with coloured paper and a few strategically placed snips here and there.

At Hampton, we realize the importance of technology in today's globally connected world. But we also recognize that sometimes the simpler pleasures of being "disconnected" is what keeps us grounded in our families and communities.

To that end, we wholeheartedly encourage our pupils to engage in creative activities that spark their curiosity and imagination. After all, it is that creative ingenuity which often leads today's children to become tomorrow's successful leaders.

We are thankful to our papercraft demonstrator for playing such an integral role in encouraging our pupils’ creativity!

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