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Cuban Revolution: A Week of Assemblies To Mark The 60th Anniversary

Hampton Court House marked 60 years since the Cuban Revolution in the form of a cross-curricular week led by the humanities department, with contributions from our art, English, modern languages and music departments.

Children of all ages across the school have been studying the Cuban Revolution and its political importance, not to mention its impact on Cuban art, literature and music.
On Monday our Sixth Form pupils led the rest of the school in a fascinating discussion about the context of the revolution, the key players, and what was causing social and political unrest at the time. By Tuesday Year 8 were presenting content about the revolution itself and the profound impact it had on Cuba’s relationship with its neighbour America and the rest of the world. The USA banned any country from trading with Cuba which left Cuba without much needed supplies and medicines enabling the communist USSR to come to their aid.

When pupils and parents arrived at school on Wednesday morning they were greeted by what is often described as ‘the most famous photograph in the world’. A large print of the infamous portrait of the Marxist revolutionary Che Gueavara took centre stage in the Main Hall, having been worked on for weeks by Year 8 in their art lessons. Wednesday’s extended assembly for Y3 to Y13 was a celebration of Cuban culture, the whole school enjoyed a traditonal Cuban meal at lunchtime and then gathered in the Main Hall for Cuban music performed by our choir and led by our Director of Music, Kieran Brunt. A highlight of the week was surely the Cuban Salsa workshop on Wednesday afternoon as teachers and pupils learned basic salsa steps and worked with partners to create a final routine. Watch the video of the workshop here: Salsa at HCH

The English Department led Thursday’s presentation of Cuban poetry, specifically work written by Che Guevara’s son Ernesto. A week of engaging discussion, debate, and dance came to an end on Friday with a final assembly, this time led by Year 11 and their presentation of the lasting effects of the revolution on Cuba and the rest of the world today.