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Miss Henderson —

2016 has been a really big year for the Spanish Department. This year we have embarked on our first year of NCEA assessment for the Seniors and a new and exciting Cultural Portfolio for the Junior Classes. Here are some of the highlights.

We had a great time at Multicultural Day representing the different Spanish speaking cultures that attend our school. Colombia, Spain and Mexico were represented with pride.

The Year 9 Spanish Classes have learned skills such as how to introduce themselves and talk about family, friends and pets. Some of the other topics included in their learning programme this year included a history of chocolate, including a chocolate tasting session and a chance to sample Spanish hot chocolate and churros. We also learned how to make papel picado and calavera masks – special decorations used on Dia de los Muertos (Mexico’s special holiday the Day of the Dead).

The Year 10 Spanish Classes have worked on a Cultural Portfolio over the whole year. Students have had the opportunity to research areas of Latin American and Spanish culture that interests them. This is in response to our new 90-minute learning periods, giving students more choice and agency in their learning. Some of the projects included posters about famous footballers, power point presentations about Salvador Dali and cooking new foods. Several students brought in the food they had created for their Cultural Portfolio tasks. We got to try tacos, Spanish turron and flan de leche. ¡Delicioso!

The Senior Spanish Class was very busy this year, producing some incredible work for their written and conversation portfolios. The class was treated to a workshop sponsored by the Spanish Embassy to celebrate the life and works of Spain’s most renowned novelist Miguel de Cervantes. The author’s famous novel Don Quixote was brought to life in this fun and interactive workshop.

Miss Henderson