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Parents were invited to a Spanish Cafe Event at Swinton Community School. Tierney helps her parents Joanne and Scott Grice choose from the menu

Parents were invited to a Spanish Cafe Event at Swinton Community School. Tierney helps her parents Joanne and Scott Grice choose from the menu

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Classroom became cafe with a distinctive Spanish flavour, when a Swinton school staged a special languages day.

Families and friends were invited in to Swinton Community School over lunchtime, and were greeted with a ‘hola’ by their young hosts, from feeder schools Queen Primary, St Thomas’, Brookfield, Kilnhurst and Fitzwilliam.

El Cafe Espagnole included set menus of typical Spanish dishes, and the caterers and waiting staff spoke only in Spanish as they took orders and wished their visitors buen apetito.

The Y5 pupils from the feeder schools also enjoyed a Spanish lunch, but only after a Spanish lesson covering the basic language used in cafes and restaurants in Spain, and the preparation of tostadas and bruschetta within food design and technology.

To add to the European experience, pretend Euros were exchanged as pupils totted up bills and gave required change.

Marketing and resources manager Christine Hale said: “The day went really well and the children clearly enjoyed thenselves. They learned an amazing number of Spanish words within the hour lesson before the cafe experience that they all took part in.” (Photos: Sarah Washbourn)