A creative return to school

"The return to campus required planning and consideration from all the teachers this term," said Assistant Head of Junior Languages Annamaria Ferragina.

“Head of Junior Languages Vilma Rotellini proposed to her team ‘a focus on planning art and craft activities to transition the students back into the classroom’. This proposal was met with great enthusiasm by all the Primary Language Teachers,” Annamaria said.

Machiko Ohta guided her Kindergarten Japanese students to make “clouds” using cotton.

“Students couldn’t hide their excitement when they found out that they were using cotton for this activity,” Machiko said.

“They asked for more cotton saying “motto kudasai” and added to their clouds. The students also tracedくもり which means ‘cloudy’ using new Hiragana scripts they have recently learnt.”

Habiba Fallet intrigued her students in Kindergarten French when they saw the rainbow collage they were about to create.

Each student was given a piece of coloured paper to cut into pieces.

“When one colour was done, they had to ask for the other colour but the trick was to ask for it in French! It was hard work to be able to stick the pieces in half circles, and the students were proud to see their rainbows taking shape,” Madame Fallet said.

“They finished their artworks by writing ‘arc-en-ciel’.”

Brooke Fuerbach encouraged her Kindergarten German students to create mixed media weather artworks. Students drew people in the rain and used raindrop and umbrella cutouts to complete their creations with flair.

Annamaria read the story of the Rainbow Fish or “L’Arcobaleno” to her Year 1 Italian class. The students brainstormed all the emotions in the story and then used those words to inspire their scratch artwork.

“Each artwork was unique and showed each student’s interpretation of the story. Everyone loves the Rainbow Fish,” Annamaria said.

Nicola Sternberg brought controversy to her Year 3 Italian class by teaching the history of Antonio Meucci, who in 2002 was finally recognised as the true inventor of the telephone.

“Year 3 enjoyed assembling pictures of Antonio Meucci and his invention into a collage,” Nicola said.

Year 5 Italian deepened their appreciation of Il Palio di Siena by creating their own “contrada” flag for their local area.

First the students studied many examples of the “contrade” from Siena and noted the geometrical patterns and choice of emblems, then the students proceeded to create their own. There was much discussion about which animals best represented their local areas.

“The students enjoyed being creative and social. It was great to see the students sharing their artworks and laughing about their emblem choices with their peers,” Maestra Annamaria said.

The art and craft language activities allowed students to be creative and enjoy the company of their peers while easing back into the on-campus routine.