Good Shepherd pupils go Spanish
As the world becomes increasingly smaller, it has become even more competitive.
So, the staff at the Good Shepherd Primary School are aiming to prepare their students for that competitive environment by equipping them with the necessary tools to navigate.
And what better way to do that than to equip the students with a foreign language.
Today, that language was showcased when a Spanish Day was held at the school in Fitts Village, St James. And by the songs, dance, as well as displays exhibited this afternoon, it appears the school is making strides in this effort.
Principal Monica Walton told Barbados TODAY that activities such as today’s exhibition not only showcased the students’ talents but also their handle on the
course of study.
She emphasized that it was vital the children absorbed the language more often, and not just at the weekly sessions with Spanish facilitator Alexander Yearwood. So there are also charts and other displays of items from countries like Mexico, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Argentina to immerse the students in the language.
“We are living in a bilingual society. If we want to communicate with our counterparts in the Caribbean, people from Cuba, people from Miami, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Colombia . . . we have got to know their language in as much as they have to learn ours. So that is why we have consistently persisted and pursued the teaching of Spanish here at Good Shepherd Primary School,” Walton said.
“It is extremely essential when we are grooming our children, we are grooming them for life. We are not grooming our children just to stay in Barbados. There are lots of transient families; people migrate, people travel, people move from location to location, based on work opportunities, based on relatives; they relocate all the time and based on all of those things we have got to equip our children with the languages. Young children, especially, learn languages very quickly and it is best for us to expose these children when they are relatively young to the language, so that when they go to secondary school they would have already had some foundation with regards to the teachings of the language,” she added.
Today’s showcase also featured tasty foods from Spanish-speaking countries.
Cuban Consul Orestes Hernandez was also present and gave the students some insightful information about Cuba, Cuban cartoons, food, music, dance, as well as the history behind the making of the Cuban flag.