Spain takes centre stage
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.