GUEST BLOG: Mel Gill – Head of Languages at Abertillery Comprehensive School

Year 8 Mexican Cultural Celebrations – ‘Day of the Dead’


Earlier this month, some pupils in Year 8 had the opportunity to celebrate ‘Day of the Dead’ in the ‘Chillax’ area of the school during tutor time. It’s a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other countries around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember others who have died. In 2008 the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


The party was put on by our very hardworking Language Ambassadors in year 9. Year 8 pupils are part of the Routes into Languages Cymru project called ‘Adopt a Class’ and are following Mary Gartside on Edmodo. She is a Modern Foreign Language student from Cardiff University who is currently in Mexico. She challenged them to try some Mexican culinary delights!


At the party brave pupils tasted chilli hot chocolate, fruit with lime and chilli and ghost biscuits – these were made by Caitlin Veale who is studying GCSE Catering and Spanish. They also played a trick or treat game and had to answer questions about Mexico to win other treats. Keenan Powell won the raffle prize and pupils voted for their favourite Language Ambassador – the prize went to Kayla Wathen.


As part of the celebrations all year 8 pupils took part in a sugar skull poster/mask competition. They are currently on display in the ‘Chillax’ area and winners will be chosen shortly.


Many of the year 8 pupils who attended the party have shown a strong interest in training as Language Ambassadors this year. We look forward to having you on board!