Last week on Friday the 10th of May, the students at Orchard Grove Primary School celebrated Cinco de Mayo. The very popular and exciting Mexican celebration caused sensation as students, staff and families had the opportunity to be a part of the event. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “The 5th of May” and it marks the day in which the Mexican people from the city of Puebla defeated the French invaders in 1862. It became a widely known celebration both in Mexico and in the United States of America. Today, people all around the world celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fiestas, food and music.
As part of the Spanish program, students are exposed to different Hispanic and Latin-american cultures, teaching them the importance of cultural understanding and how we can connect with other people through language. Throughout the specialist program, students from Foundation to Year 4 have been involved with learning all about Mexico and its Cinco de Mayo celebration. In Art, Mexican culture was introduced through the making of papel picado, sombreros, maracas and mandalas. In Music, students were exposed to traditional Mexican music and dance. Finally, in Spanish, the Mexican history and the story of Puebla was taught to explain why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.
On Friday, the day began with the preparation of the much anticipated churros, cooked by our wonderful family helpers and volunteers. The churros were then delivered to each classroom for all students to enjoy, and for some students it was their first time ever trying a spanish doughnut. Finally it was time for the assembly, and what a celebration it was to witness! The Spanish captains, Amiya and Cameron, told us all about the history of Cinco de Mayo and how the Mexican culture influences our own. We then had the privilege of being introduced to a Mariachi Band called Sin Frontera who performed some incredible songs in front of the whole school. The Mariachi band were talented, vibrant and engaging as they roamed around the Wicking allowing us a good view of their fabulous costumes and instruments. The winners of the Foundation colouring competition were announced and were given some great prizes. The Year 1 students impressed the crowd with their amazing performance of the Mexican hat dance while wearing colourful Mexican scarves, and they even got to perform again with the Mariachi band!
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has been the highlight of the Spanish program so far, with all the students still buzzing about the delicious churros and fun Mariachi band. A big thank-you to everyone who was involved in making the celebration extra special. We cannot wait to do it all again next year!