Earlier this term all Year 8 students had a wonderful day full of languages! The girls spent the day at Yhuuramulum (our new building at the Lake Precinct) and the Senior School campus, participating in a wide range of cultural and linguistic activities related to languages.
At Yhuuramulum, the girls engaged in activities specific to what they were currently studying at school. The Latin girls worked together (with a little help from the senior class) to construct a complete magazine of articles and ads as could have been published in the year 79 AD. To give you a taste of what was created, some girls wrote about the opening of the Colosseum, others about graffiti, worker strikes and parties being held by wealthy patrons!
Meanwhile, a very French fashion parade was being held, with girls working in small groups to create recycled newspaper masterpieces to model before their peers with French commentary.
In Chinese, the girls learnt the chopstick dance and an interesting traditional song.
Finally, in Japanese, the girls were practicing their calligraphy skills in a Japanese lesson and created wall art to be completed in their Japanese classes this term.
At the conclusion of all the learning and fun, the Languages Captains Karina Lewis (Year 11) and Elizabeth Hampton (Year 11) ran a quiz where students worked in House groups. The girls did an amazing job of remembering everything they had learnt during the day. We had fun playing a quick game of heads and tails in the four different languages then we got the girls to provide live feedback to improve our future immersion events.
Other activities included making Eiffel Towers, solving linguistics puzzles, hearing from past exchange students in a Q and A forum, learning about idioms, practicing origami and participating in some Japanese festival dancing.
Back at school the girls remained calm through the cold before and after our Lake activities, as they practiced tai chi with guest teacher Angelina.
All of this could not have been possible without the help of the Languages Faculty staff, so we are very thankful indeed. Overall the day was a huge success, we hope the Year 8 girls had as much fun doing the activities as we had running them!
Language Co-Captain 2018
Photo above: Year 8 students prepare articles for their Latin ‘magazines’