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Sant Jordi celebrations at the BSB

The BSB has had a very busy week with the celebration of Sant Jordi’s Day, the patron saint of Catalonia.

To commemorate the International Book’s Day, early this week, Bookbox International, a publishing company located in Eastbourne, United Kingdom, held a two-day Book Fair in the foyer of our Theatre. There was a huge range of top quality books on display for the children to see throughout the day, and also before and after school for parents to visit: From the must read stories by Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton to contemporary fiction and colouring books and buster activity packs.

On Wednesday, James Holland visited us to deliver a lecture to Year 6 and Year 10 students. Mr Holland is a British historian, as well as best-selling author and TV presenter. He gave great insight into the Second World War and challenged some popular assumptions about some of the facts of this period of History. He also recounted his experiences of meeting veterans and thrilled our students with details about his work for the BBC and his organizing of the biggest History festival in Europe!

Then on the 23rd roses took over the BSB campus, which were sold as a fundraise activity for charity. All the girls were proud to be offered a red rose according to Catalan tradition on Saint George’s day.

The Primary children held a festival in the Rafael Nadal Gymnasium. They sang and danced Catalan popular songs and performed a play based on the legend of Saint George and the dragon.

Parents also shared our celebrations by participating in our Family Club activity “Help your child grow as a writer”. This parent workshop was addressed to Years 2-4 parents, who would not miss it on such a relevant date! Mr Antcliffe, Year 4 and Primary Magazine Club teacher, gave them some useful guidelines regarding available resources, how to build a climate of words at home and how to develop the different genres of writing learnt in school.

To round off this exciting week, the BSB community hosted an impressive performance by the Guaçatom Choir. All the way from Brazil via Italy and Switzerland, these young musicians performed in the BSB Theatre. The concert was full of colour and rhythm with a variety of instruments. The Guaçatom Choir is part of a wider charitable association called Criança Feliz, whose mission is to ensure the rights of children and reinforce their self-esteem and identity so that they can become conscious, active and responsible young citizens.

Thanks to all who made this Saint Jordi’s festivity such a special day!