This week we have been celebrating the Mexican festival of Dia de Los Muertos ('Day of the Dead'). Mrs Zaratiegui has been incredibly busy this week organising various activities and events across the school to make the most of this occasion. Read on to find out how Emanuel has been celebrating...
Today (1st November) we celebrated the Mexican festival of Dia le los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ in the refectory and buttery. The menu consisted of an amazing array of Mexican cuisine, from spicy Yucatan chicken tacos, to sweet and savoury Guadalajara pork and pineapple, to Oaxaca omelette - a tasty concoction of strips of lightly cooked omelette in a rich tomato sauce. To accompany the main dishes we served Mexican-style rice, chunky courgettes and refried beans and on the side there was salsa, sour cream and tortilla chips and the salad bar included a cooling avocado salad.
For dessert there were sweet and sticky Bunuelos, a traditional doughnut style dessert which is often served at festivals. We decorated the dining areas with the famous painted skulls of Mexico representing La Calavera Catrina, and Mrs Zaratiegui provided some great Mexican music to keep everyone’s feet tapping. There was a great atmosphere throughout the catering department as everyone really enjoyed the day.
Mrs Street (Catering Manager)
Year 6 assembly
Year 6 enjoyed an assembly on the Day of the Dead led by Zoe Pillings Flores (year 7). We heard about the tradition established over 3,000 years ago in what is now Mexico. The altar on which the four elements are represented along with skulls are made of sugar, bright flowers and the favourite meal of the deceased relative.
Zoe did a fabulous job of explaining the tradition - BBC news presenters watch out!
A Hill form class carried out the activity papel picado in their Maths class before half-term. Papel picado, meaning 'perforated paper', is a decorative craft, considered to be a Mexican folk art, where designed are cut from coloured tissue paper. Designs are commonly incorporated into altars during Dia de Los Muertos.
Pupils got into the crafty spirit of Dia de Los Muertos by creating traditional colourful masks in this week's Art club.