From November 1st to November 5th, our school's international division middle and high school celebrated the annual Hispanic Heritage Month.
Soong Ching Ling School is home to a varied and international community, with students and teachers from all kinds of different backgrounds and cultures. Thus, the Spanish teachers decided to host this week-long event as an opportunity for students to be introduced to this wonderful language and culture, as well as to learn about Latin-American history and traditions.
With great anticipation amongst the students, the celebration began on Monday with the opening show.
Students performed many acts including dances, plays, songs, and more.
Our special guest from Spain, Paz Mueller, a professional dancer, also performed a Sevillana dance.
To conclude the show, Sr. Valdés invited everyone on stage to a Spanish dance.
Throughout the week, more events continued to take place.
The Spanish department set up a special section of the library with traditional Hispanic games, and also invited students to participate in special Hispanic-related kahoots and karaokes.
E-building Spanish floor transformed itself into a "dance area" almost every day after lunch, as students and teachers gather for a fun Spanish rock-n'-roll.
The Spanish students worked on special projects related to Hispanic culture in their classes:
Sixth grade students researched different countries where Spanish is an official language. Then, they created posters to proudly present their findings.
The seventh graders worked on short biographies of famous Hispanic people, then made beautiful posters filled with vibrant visuals and photos.
The eighth grade students learnt about piñatas, a traditional celebration object in Hispanic countries, then moved on to making their own in preparation for a piñata party!
In groups, the ninth-grade Spanish students researched and prepared various traditional Hispanic dishes.
On Wednesday, they invited students and teachers to come by and join them in a delicious food tasting.
The tenth graders worked on crafting a giant bulletin board about Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter. ¡Qué bonita!
十年级的同学们制作了知名墨西哥画家Frida Kahlo的巨型板报。“¡Qué bonita!”（西语：多么美丽！）
The festival concluded on Friday with the piñata party.
Students and teachers alike gathered in the E-building lobby to participate. Cheering on their classmates, students took turns swinging bats at the piñatas filled with candy until they broke.
Just like that, the joyous week came to an end, and the celebration concluded in laughter, but the spirit of inclusiveness, culture, and investigation that this event has brought us will remain with us.
翻译：Jiayu Wang, Selena Wu, Eika Xu
编辑: Rainbow Gu, Anton Cho, Miguel Valdes
摄影: Jiayu Wang, Emma Gonzalez-Cueto, Elizabeth Li, Simone Zhu, Yujia Zhang, Miguel Valdes
特别鸣谢: World languages department