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European Day of Languages at Hesketh House

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hesketh House celebrated the European Day of Languages by sharing information about all the languages spoken by the girls. It was a fabulous and informative day for pupils and teachers alike!

Mrs Hornby, the school’s Modern Foreign Languages teacher, encouraged the girls to tell the rest of their class about the languages spoken by their families, and by the girls themselves. This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to realise the diversity of their school community! They shared stories, prayers and recipes; played instruments and listened to music; looked at photographs and flags; sang nursery rhymes, lullabies and even ‘Happy Birthday’ in celebration of the European Day of Languages.

A fantastic variety of languages were spoken on the day, including Hindi, Mandarin, Gujarati, Egyptian, Russian, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Malayalam, Bengali, Shona, Cantonese, Spanish, French, German, Thai, Turkish, Afrikaans, Tamil, Bosnian, Arabic, and of course English!

This was not only a great opportunity to learn about languages, but also about different cultures: many of the girls speak a second language because their parents, grandparents or other family members use it at home. They also shared their favourite foods and traditional stories, which some of the girls would not be familiar with as their background is different. The girls found this really interesting throughout the day. The European Day of Languages was a fantastic celebration of diversity and language.

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Aaliyah Kumar shared a lullaby, and brought an example of the sweet treat it features: Patasha

Aaliyah Kumar shared a lullaby, and brought an example of the sweet treat it features: Patasha