Kids receive creative lesson in Brazilian culture

THERE was a shock of colour at Halstead Preparatory School last week as Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Chobham and Horsell came together for an action-packed ‘Rio Carnival’ .

Around 60 glitter decorated girls and 30 leaders and helpers helped to turn the Woodham Rise school into Rio de Janeiro for the day to mark the countdown to this summer’s Olympic Games, which begins in the famous Brazilian city in August.

A day of drumming, arts and crafts – including decorating edible medals and making spectacular headdresses and musical maracas – helped the local groups dream of a trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

There was also time for Chobham and Horsell’s very own version of the ‘greatest sporting show on Earth’ as the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides groups – whose young members range from ages five to 14 years – held a ‘Silly Olympics’, where the emphasis was very much on fun and games rather than world records.

Some prizes were up for grabs, however, as two Brownies, Charlotte and Olivia, won the competition to design the event badge.
The colourful carnival day culminated with an impressive performance of zumba – when the eager dance troupe combined upbeat Latin music tempos with a contemporary take on the traditional mambo, salsa and samba moves.

District Commissioner for Chobham & Horsell, Carol Brook, passed on her thanks to all those involved for putting on a summer spectacular to remember.

She said: “Special thanks go to all the volunteers, Jenni our great zumba teacher, and Halstead Preparatory School for use of its facilities.”

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