Greetings to all! My name is James Mayoral and I am this year’s Auxiliar de Conversación here at CEIP Santo Estevo de Parga. It is my pleasure to be here with you and I look forward to exchanging my own United States culture with the Galician (and Spanish) culture of the students and faculty. I am excited for the rest of the year and plan on updating this blog with each month’s big events and activities.
Throughout the month of October, we celebrated two important holidays: Magosto and Halloween.
Starting with Magosto, we celebrated the annual falling of the castañas (chestnuts) on the 26th of October. To celebrate the holiday, students and teachers took part in a school-wide scavenger hunt created by our physical education teacher Miguel.
The students were divided into teams with a specific color based upon their grade level. While searching for their colored castañas, the students found clues in the form of refranes (sayings) related to Magosto. At the end of the scavenger hunt, each group recited their favorite refrán by memory.
After lunch, the students gathered in the football stadium with their baskets, where the sixth graders served the castañas they had prepared earlier on the grill. As is tradition, students took the cooled ashes from the castañas and wiped them on everyone’s faces.
We ended the day by playing some Magosto related games such as “Castaña Spoon Races”, “Steal the Castaña”, and “Castaña Sack Races” amongst others.
A few days later, we celebrated Halloween throughout the school.
In preparation for Halloween, students decorated Jack-o-Lanterns and brought them to display in our hallways.
On the 31st, students and teachers dressed up in their scariest costumes to embrace the Halloween spirit.
To celebrate, students watched the movie Coco and learned about el Dia de los Muertos as a few of the teachers began to set up the Halloween games and activities.
When lunch ended, students enjoyed playing games and activities such as “Ghostball”, “Spider and Candy Hunt”, “Mummy Wrap” and many others.
October was a busy month and soon we will prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday in November as well as the upcoming Christmas Festival in December. Thanks for reading!