World Language Festival – Day 1

The World Language Festival began on Monday with great pomp and splendour at the opening assembly for the Whole School. The presentations consisted of songs in multiple languages, Irish dancing, a skit about messages being lost in translation and some entertaining videos. Have a look below if you missed it:

During the day, we had 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students visiting different classrooms and being language teachers for ten minutes! They shared their home language with the students, spoke a little about their cultures and traditions, and taught some basic greetings and numbers from 1 to 10. This was hugely popular and we had a wonderful variety of language workshops on offer in Spanish, Finnish, Shona, Ibo, Latvian, Amharic, Swedish, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Swahili, Hindi, Urdu, Chichewa, Hungarian, Wolof and Mandinka. It was a great way to celebrate the multilingual abilities that so many of our students have and so inspiring for others to see and hear!

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The last highlight of the day and one that was extremely entertaining and enjoyable for the children was to have visiting author Lamia Chahed come and tell stories to the children. She was a fabulous performer and although her story was told in a language that most children didn’t fully understand, the majority of them understood the entire story simply by  her gestures and cues. It was thoroughly entertaining and the kids loved it!

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Children lining up for autographs in their Readers’ Notebooks! 🙂

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