The corridors of saltash.net community school were filled with ‘Dyhd da’* and ‘Gool Peran Lowen’** last Wednesday as the school, less than a mile from the Cornish border with Devon, celebrated St Piran’s day.
Students in years 7 and 8 produced a poster or poem on the theme ‘My favourite thing about Cornwall’ with displays around the school and prizes for the best entries. Many teachers also joined in, with posters on their classroom door of a poster on their door about ‘My favourite place in Cornwall’.
In addition several teachers incorporated Cornish content into their lessons, particularly on St Piran’s day itself, the 5th March, including study of the ‘Cornish holocaust’ as part of human rights, tin mining, and tourism. Students in the Area Resource Base for severe and complex special needs baked pasties, whilst students in French were able to compare parts of French with Cornish.
The school canteen was serving a special lunch menu in honour of the day – pasty pie, followed by scones, jam and cream – and there were also assemblies and inter-form quizzes on a Cornish theme.
Citizenship teacher, Adam Killeya, a trustee of Cornish education charity ‘Cornish Quest’ who organised the programme of events, said, ‘It is so important that students have the chance to celebrate the fact that they are at a Cornish school, and to understand more about what that means’.
As well as these activities the school incorporates Cornishness into several aspects of the curriculum, including RE, Geography, History and others. Year 8 students also do a range of Cornish themed projects as part of ‘Integrated Learning’ including on social issues in Cornwall, Cornish enterprise and tourism in Cornwall.
* Good day
** Happy St Piran’s Day
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