Spain takes cen­tre stage

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Emily Mac­don­ald

TASTE OF SPAIN: Han­nah Kahn, 17, and Rishabh Verma, 16 PAR­ENTS of Townsville Gram­mar School stu­dents may have no­ticed their chil­dren go­ing for an af­ter­noon si­esta yes­ter­day af­ter a hard day’s zumba-ing in cel­e­bra­tion of Span­ish cul­ture.

Span­ish is of­fered as a lan­guage sub­ject at the school as part of the In­tern a t i o n a l Ba c c a l a u r e a t e c o u r s e w h i c h a l l o w s stu­dents to re­ceive a high school qual­i­fi­ca­tion simi- lar to the OP recog­nised glob­ally by uni­ver­si­ties.

As well dancing their hearts out with the zumba t e a c h e r , p u p i l s a l s o sam­pled clerico, a non­al­co­holic Span­ish punch.

Teacher Sue Gray said seven stu­dents in Year 11 and nine in Year 12 stud­ied Span­ish but all stu­dents were in­vited to join in the fi­esta.

Rishabh Verma, 16, is al­ready flu­ent in English and Hindi and is on his way to be­com­ing tri-lin­gual by study­ing Span­ish.

Fel­low stu­dent Han­nah Kahn, 17, re­cently moved to Aus­tralia from the USA where t here are many Span­ish speak­ers.

‘‘ Back home there’s more and more peo­ple in the Span­ish pop­u­la­tion and world­wide it is one of the most pop­u­lar lan­guages,’’ she said.

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