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Inverloch-Kongwak embrace Spanish life

EXPLORING cultures is an important part of the curriculum at Inverloch Primary School.

For the past two years, the students have been discovering the Spanish language and the heritage of Spanish speaking cultures.

This is particular important for the school because several of the students have Hispanic backgrounds.

Students from Prep to Grade 6 all take part in the cultural learning.

To celebrate their knowledge, the school held a Spanish Day last Friday.

The children were given the opportunity to cook, dance, sing and craft during the day. They were even able to try Chilean treat empanadas.

Empanadas are similar to mini meat pies and were ordered from a Chilean bakery in Melbourne.

They were also given sessions with band Inka Maka. The band members had Chilean and Bolivian backgrounds.

“The education has opened the students’ eyes to the world around them and the different cultures. It has made them global citizens,” Spanish teacher Jacqui Castillo said.

“It is has improved their literacy in their first language and has helped them form their own identities.

“They got to spend the day with students from across the school – even from Kongwak Primary School – and they’ve really loved the experience.”
Ms Castillo said language had not been taught at the school for many years, but the school community has embraced Spanish as a class.

“The staff has gone to a fantastic effort to bring the culture into the school and for the students coming to Spanish is one of the highlights of their week,” she said.

Musical fun: from left, Inverloch Primary School students Rosita and Amalia loved listening to the performance by Jose Diaz and Michel Bestrin from the band Inka Maka. Jose is from Bolivia and Michel is from Chile. The students also have connections to the Hispanic culture; Rosita’s mother is from Chile and Amalia’s dad is from Spain.

Musical fun: from left, Inverloch Primary School students Rosita and Amalia loved listening to the performance by Jose Diaz and Michel Bestrin from the band Inka Maka. Jose is from Bolivia and Michel is from Chile. The students also have connections to the Hispanic culture; Rosita’s mother is from Chile and Amalia’s dad is from Spain.

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