Last Wednesday we celebrated La Diada de St. Jordi & La Feria de Abril. These are two different traditional celebrations held in Spain during the month of April: Feria de Abril in Sevilla and Diada de St. Jordi in Barcelona.
Intercultural awareness is very important at BISS Puxi as we are a truly international school with over 40 different nationalities among us. Therefore, we like to celebrate as many intercultural events as possible.
La Feria de Abril in Sevilla started in around 1847 and was just an ordinary fair. Over the years it has become one of the most popular festivals in the world. Girls wear beautiful and colourful dresses and boys also dress especially for the occasion. Flamenco and Sevillanas are danced during this celebration.
La Diada de St. Jordi is a Catalan holiday held on 23 April, with similarities to Valentine's Day and some unique twists that reflect the antiquity of the celebrations. The main event is the exchange of gifts (books and roses) between sweethearts, loved ones and colleagues. Roses have been associated with this day since medieval times, but the giving of books is a more recent tradition originating in 1923, when a bookseller started to promote the holiday as a way to commemorate the nearly simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616. Catalonia exported its tradition of the book and the rose to the rest of the world and in 1995 UNESCO adopted 23 April as World Book and Copyright Day.
Last Wednesday, Year 7 and 8 Spanish students were involved in ‘La Feria de Abril & La Diada de St. Jordi Show’. As well as presenting all the different traditions around these festivities, students also put on several performances in Spanish and English, which they really enjoyed preparing and performing.
We also invited a professional flamenco dancer to show us how ‘Flamenco’ and ‘Sevillanas’ are danced in the South of Spain. The audience enjoyed the show very much which was great to see. Students are now looking forward to participate in more shows in future.
I am very proud of my students’ work. They worked hard on preparing the show and this involved them using all of the different skills that are part of High Performance Learning. The students were creative and analytic in their preparations, creating their own scripts and role plays. They also used their linking and meta-thinking skills in order to link the different parts of the show and put them together in a logical sequence. Students worked as a group and it was great to see them so engaged and helping each other to do their best. The students really did some outstanding work and put on a wonderful show. Un trabajo excelente!
The students had a great time presenting these traditions to their fellow students:
“I really enjoyed being part of this show! Not only did I learn lots of new things but I also loved the reaction of the crowd and how it kind of helped me to carry on. Before the show I was nervous because I have never presented a whole show before, but as I carried on it was really satisfying to hear the laughter at the funny parts and to the applause at the end.” - George Gawthorpe, Year 7
“I loved the show and being part of it, I loved the creativity in the show and the linking of Spanish and comedy. From this I want to join into more shows. I also found out about some Spanish culture and festivals and I loved how we got to watch a professional flamenco dancer.” - Alex Stowe, Year 7
A big thank you to all the student who were involved from both Years 7 and 8:
Year 7 students: Alex Stowe, Alexander Dyckerhoff , Alexandre Masliah, Charlotte Dawson, Charlotte Ferguson , Ming Wai Choi , Emmie Crawford , Frederick Tsao, George Gawthorpe , Guilherme Prado , Gustav Skoglund , Ida Brandt , Maximilian Rolando , Mia Crockart, Mitchell Lee, Min Kyu Kwon , Naya Thomsen , Zhong Hern Wee , Verity Lord
Year 8 students: Angelica Ngai , Carsten Peichl, Daniel Hibbitt , Dayoung Jin , Jade Shizhe Chen , Zhiyi Ding, Fang Ling Cham, Maja Fleck, Nicolas De Bie, Pauline Thibaut, Vanessa Carlander, Youngshin Ahn
- Meritxell Sanz, Spanish Teacher & Native Spanish Coordinator