Stockport kids celebrate Spanish culture

FOOD IS SERVED: Pupils with chef Jesus Godoy-Diaz from La Casona

FOOD IS SERVED: Pupils with chef Jesus Godoy-Diaz

STUDENTS at a Stockport primary school celebrated Spanish culture with the help of a local tapas restaurant. 

Pupils  at St Mark’s Primary School in Bredbury switched their usual school lunch for the culinary delights of Spain for a week beginning on Monday 19 October 2009. 

Lynn Bruce, Solutions SK Schools cook, offered Spanish style foods including items such as Albondigias (Spanish style meatballs in a tomato sauce), Magra con Tomat (pork stew) and patatas bravas.

After lunch, on Tuesday 20 October 2009, a traditional Spanish chef Jesus Godoy-Diaz, from the La Casona restaurant in Heaton Moor, cooked traditional paella for the children to taste.

The school focussed on Spanish culture and Spanish speaking countries such as Mexico, Cuba, and Argentina this year.

The week involved a number of activities including a samba drumming band that held a workshop for the children.  The week culminated with a meringue and salsa workshop and a party. 

Councillor Mark Weldon, executive member for Children and Young People, said: “It is great that children and staff at St Mark’s are celebrating Spanish Week in such a creative way. We enjoy supporting schools that are enthusiastic and hope we can work together in the future to organise other theme days.”

 Alison Whitehead, headteacher at St Mark’s, said: “We are delighted to have the Jesus at the school for this event. The food he made is an excellent way for the children to experience Spain and its culture.  We would like to thank Jesus, La Casona and Solutions SK for their support of this event.”

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