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Thursday, 03 March 2011
Junior Girls celebrated this year's International Day with an
'all things Italian' theme giving them a flavour of the country's
language, food and culture.
The girls spent a day filled with cross-curricular activities.
They enjoyed food-tasting, singing and dancing and even played
Italian bingo for cakes brought specially from Italy! For some, the
Venetian mask-making was the highlight of the day, whilst others
enthused about tower-building in the Art Straw Team Challenge.
Everyone got into the spirit by wearing red, green and white
clothing - including some imaginative usage of flags, ribbons and
In the food tasting they sampled different types of Italian food
including Pasta with pesto, pepperoni, olives, panatone, garibaldi
biscuits and amaretti biscuits. Girls voted on their favourite new
food, saying if it was 'delizioso', 'non male' or 'discustoso' to
create a whole school graph showing their preferences. The
clear winner was pasta with pesto, followed by pepperoni. Girls
also filled in various challenge sheets throughout the day such as
Italy quizzes and word searches which they could put in a draw to
win prizes. Lunchtime came to life with a special visitor from
Nintendo's Mario, themed food and an Italian photographic
slide show, whilst the decorations and Italian pop music gave the
dining hall a real party atmosphere.
In preparation for the day each girl had made their own Italian
flag, which were hung up as decoration on the day. Each girl was
also given a mini flag to fill with facts about Italy. Each Year
group had a different topic to research such as school timetable in
Italy, Italian popstars, festivals etc and these were used to make
a whole-school display in the shape of a huge map of the country.
The girls unearthed many interesting facts including the origins of
the name Italy, where pizza originated, and that when MacDonalds
first opened in Rome in 1986 food purists outside the restaurant
gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary
The events culminated in a celebration assembly where the girls
wore their Venetian masks - each one unique and collectively a
stunning sight to see. Prizes were awarded to the team with the
'least leaning' tower(!) and other challenges and the results of
the whole-school bar graph to decide the favourite Italian food
were revealed. All in all, a fabuloso experience!
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