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European Day of Languages Celebration

Language Department organizes event focused on careers and cultural heritage
28 Sep 2022
Written by Claire Bunting
General News
Senora Rojas talks to pupils about Chile in Spanish class
Senora Rojas talks to pupils about Chile in Spanish class

European Day of Languages is an initiative that was developed by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the European Commission and was introduced in 2001. Across Europe on 26th September, schools celebrate the benefits of learning a European language. More information about this initiative can be found on the European Day of Languages website.

Language teacher Mrs Anderson, organized a broad range of activities for pupils. Sixth form students studying German joined students from Strathearn Grammar School and Bloomfield Collegiate to attend careers focused talks, beginning with a presentation from Cheryl Magookin, Vice President at Terex Global Business Services. Cheryl explained that fluency in German is a skill that is important in developing relationships with clients and suppliers in Germany, to ensure good cash flow and a successful business. She highlighted the opportunities within the wider Terex Corporation and that employees whoe speak a second language are highly sought after.

Afterwards, students met with Professor Robin Hickey, Professor of Law and Dean of Undergraduate Education in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University. Prof Hickey talked to the pupils about the International Business Management with Languages programmes at Queen’s, where German is one of the language options available. Professor Hickey encouraged pupils to try to keep their language skills strong, even if they don’t pursue their language as part of their degree. He said this allows them to distinguish themselves from other candidates.

Year 11 pupils studying Spanish had the opportunity to hear from our classroom assistant Señora Rojas who is from Santiago, Chile about the geography, customs and culture of Chile. Additionally, one of our Year 11 Spanish boarders talked to the class about the culture, food and customs of Andalucia, his home province. 

A treasure hunt and a European Day of Languages quiz were organized for Key stage 3 pupils. Year 9 pupils enjoyed a French breakfast of pain au chocolat and took part in a treasure hunt; a year 9 classmate also shared his knowledge of greetings in Greek with the rest of the class. Some Year 9 German pupils took the opportunity to bake German pretzels and shared them with the rest of the class. The Year 9 German class also learned about what it’s like to live in Berlin, football, food and German culture from one of our boarders. One of the class also took the opportunity to try on the football kit of Borussia Dortmund, the boarder’s favourite football team!

Other activities throughout the day included a quiz for P7 pupils in the Junior School as part of their regular language class. Pupils worked in groups to search the KS2 building for fun facts about languages and European countries.

It was a packed day of activities and we would like to extend a huge thank you to Mrs Anderson and the Language Department for organizing a great day for our pupils. Photos from the day are available in the gallery, which is visible when fully logged into the Hub.

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