Olé! Buen provecho!

Cultural influences from China, Manila, Cuba and Spain erupted earlier this week as enthusiastic Year 9 and 10 students of Spanish practised flamenco steps, twirled their wrists, snapped castanets and fans, and spun embroidered scarves in the air.

“Compañia Pepa performed and taught flamenco to the Year 9 and Year 10 students of Spanish during an excellent workshop this week,” said Acting Head of Languages (High School) Juliette Bates.

“Flamenco is an integral part of Spanish culture but Pepa also explained that certain key elements of flamenco come from other cultures: the fan, from China and the large embroidered shawl from the Philippines.

“After the students danced and played castanets, we went onto a cooking lesson in Spanish by local chef La Gitana. A huge paella was served and enjoyed by all. Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)”

“I loved learning to do the dance,” said Maya Braun.

“I enjoyed learning about the culture,” said Otis Taylor.

“I think it was great,” said Morley Goodchild.

“It was really interesting,” said Clare Rogan.

“It was delicious, or ‘muy rico’ as they would say in Spainish,” said Sonia Wustemann. “It was an amazing day, that will not be forgotten.”