World Culture Week kicked off with an “olé” and went on to feature African dance, a treasure hunt which involved hunting for clues in different languages and ended with a multilingual Poetry Slam.
Immersing our girls in the languages they are learning through a series of exciting and fun cultural experiences, was very much the focus last week. As Simon, our Head of Languages puts it, “having a Global perspective is very much in our DNA”.
What better way then to understand Lorca’s “La Casa de Bernada Alba” which our A-level girls are studying, than a Flamenco workshop? That’s exactly what our Year 13 girls suggested would bring the text to life so, a focus on Flamenco, literally kicked-off the lively week long cultural programme. Girls from Year 7 and above, were shown how to tackle this complicated dance by a professional dancer, with instructions delivered in Spanish.
French culture was delivered on a plate with a lunchtime session making crêpes and raclette which attracted long queues. Extending the French theme, the music and languages department hosted an evening of French music which closed with a powerful performance by the Lower School Choir of the theme song from a classic of French cinema: `Les Choristes’.
The Atrium came to life again on Thursday this time with the sounds of Africa. Blindfolded initially, girls and their teachers, listened and danced freely to the mixture of lively East African and Angolan rhythms before following a dance choreographed and led by Spanish teacher, Boris. Meanwhile those not tempted by the beat took part in a world literature themed Treasure Hunt with the three winners all coming from Year 8.
Poetry rounded off the week. With an exciting twist for World Poetry Day, all girls put their linguistic skills to creative use in a competition to craft multilingual poems on the overall theme of change. The three finalists had the chance to deliver their poems in Spanish, Mandarin and French in assembly and visiting poet, Frances Leviston, inspired our girls with the theme of metamorphosis and gave a series of workshops throughout the day.
A Poetry Slam brought crowds to the Atrium at lunchtime and provided a rousing finale to a week of cultural and linguistic endeavour !