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Monday, 3 February 2014

Chinese New Year (2014-02-03)

We played Octopus whilst people arrived.

We held our News Circle: Molly's knee is better but she has had a bike accident; Dylan has gained a stripe in Karate; Rafiq has hurt his leg; Joe has gained an Orange in tennis; Ivo has composed a drum solo called Drum King; Pip's car is being repaired; Xanthe has started at Pegasus; Millie-Maye is godmother to baby Juno; Matilda went to a friend's house after German on Sunday; Lena performed at the Pegasus; Rayan went to a friend's house on Sunday; Debbie performed in the Pegasus Family Project; Tessa had her first guitar lesson and then was bought a guitar; Iona had visitors from Kenya where she is going on holiday for three weeks; Rana has not been well but is better now; Imogen and Natty are both six now; Jay tells us that it is Meow's eight birthday; Magnus went walking in the woods with new boots and got a blister; Nia did a report at school; it is Connie's birthday tomorrow; Millie performed nine times at Pegasus; Flora went to London with her grandma to watch the Royal Ballet; Tim went to the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.

Tim explained that we had a few activities planned, but thought we should play a game first. We chose Dead Ants.

We held another circle and discovered everyone's Chinese birth symbol. Many Monkeys. Then we all opened Chinese Fortune Cookies and read them out in turn.

Finally we divided into those who knew the story of the Chinese year names and those who did not. The tellers performed the story whilst the listeners sat on a big crash mat.

The story is that all the animals were squabbling over who should have a year named after them. The King and Princess told them to have a race to determine it. The Ox would have won as the race was across a river and he was a strong swimmer, however he did not notice the Rat on his back, who pipped him to the winning post by climbing over his head. The Princess declared that whilst the rat was the winner it was not fair and so all the animals had a year named after them.

We had just enough time to hold our Closing Circle where we first sang Happy Birthday to Connie, accompanied by Tessa on the piano.

Leaders: Tim, Debbie, Rana
Elfins: 21

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