CHILDREN at Settle Primary School celebrated the Chinese New Year with class activities and oriental cuisine at dinner time to welcome the year of the monkey.

The pupils enjoyed stories, art activities and games and on Tuesday they enjoyed a Chinese meal.

The menu included sweet and sour chicken with rice, stir fry vegetables, noodles and spring rolls created by school cook Mandy Starkie.

For pudding there was ice cream and a selection of fruit including kumquats - small Chinese oranges.

Mrs Starkie told the Herald: "The Chinese have a tradition that eating kumquats brings good luck."

Headteacher Richard Wright said all the youngsters had enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year.

He said: "We had lots of fun. All the children have been involved and the food was delicious. The kitchen staff are extremely dedicated and love putting on special events for the children.