Thursday, 09 February 2017
Working in House groups, the whole of the Junior Girls’ School spent a day off timetable and absorbed in all things Russian.
Basing much of the day’s activities around the story of Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, the Russian Day saw girls create music, dance, art and drama.
Pupils enjoyed a Russian inspired lunch before learning basic words and greetings from Boys’ Division Russian teacher Mr Lees and enjoying a puzzle activity based on Russian alphabet phonics with Mr Wyatt, also from the boys' Senior School. Sixth Form students from both Divisions lent a hand with girls' language work in the library over lunch.
The ‘show and tell’ assembly at the end of the day featured some impressive Russian dancing and music from Rydal House before each of the other Houses then revealed what work they had been doing during the day. Grasmere House had made a wonderful representation of The Firebird replete with colourful feathers; Buttermere House had produced their own stunning Russian-style building inspired by St Basil’s Cathedral; the Windermere team had worked hard and had fun in producing some colourful Russian dolls; and Ullswater had created some fabulous Russian headdresses, to be worn by the princesses in the Firebird story.
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