St James the Great is known as one of Jesus’ first apostles and his remains are said to be buried at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Spain. Many people follow the Camino De Santiago (The Way of St James) as a pilgrimage and spiritual journey that ends at the Cathedral.
We began our day with a lovely Mass with Father Peter and took the time to reflect on our great school. St James school is never shy about celebrating a special occasion with food, and we do it well. After Mass we shared a morning tea with parents and students and as always, the spread was scrumptious. Our morning teas after Mass are always such a great way for us to come together and share with our families and friends.
To coincide with our language subject, Spanish, we had a local paella (pronounced pay-ee-ya) company, Elena’s Paella- Berwick, come and cook traditional paella for the school community. The student got to go out and look at the food being cooked and ask questions. In the lead up to this, the students learned how to ask for their bowl of paella as well as using skills such as greeting the paella chef, using their basic conversational skills and asking the chef and staff their names. The Spanish teacher, Senora Powderham said, “It was a great way for the students to interact with an actual Spanish speaking person using real conversational skills. I was very proud of their efforts.”
To conclude the day, the talented John of ‘Planet Rhythm’ treated the students to a drumming workshop. He ensured that every student got to play a drum of some kind while he tapped the beat. To conclude this noisy but fun session, there was a performance from a selected group of children using different beats, instruments and rhythms to create a loud but enjoyable ensemble. The smiles and laughter from the children was infectious. It’s not every day that you get to bang wildly on drums without being told to be quiet. We had a fantastic day and it was enjoyed by all.