With 14 percent of CGGS students speaking another language outside of school with family members, the focus for this year’s Languages Week was to celebrate the cultural diversity in our School community and all languages spoken, beyond those taught at the School.
We wanted to highlight this diversity by having girls who are learning a language here at school and those who speak a language other than English at home, contribute to our Languages Week Assembly by introducing a segment. We had Spanish, Danish, Arabic, Chinese, Latin and Japanese spoken by students, with a lovely end to the Assembly by Reverend Jenny Willsher, who gave a blessing in Solomon Islands' Pidgin.
Over the course of the week, students participated in lunchtime activities that highlighted cultural aspects of different languages in a fun way. At the start of the week we gave out ‘I speak’ stickers to the girls arriving at school, so we could all celebrate and appreciate the languages spoken within our community. We ran a Languages Kahoot! competition filled with puzzling questions about foreign languages. Other lunchtime activities included the opportunity to dance to the ‘Fliegerlied’ airplane song, watch movies in French, Spanish, and Chinese, a fun French game called Petanque and Chinese feather kicking. The week ended with an amazing performance from the K-pop group in the Quad.
Reflecting on the activities of Languages Week, Year 11 student, Audrey Gordon, said: “I learned a lot of surprising facts, and how to do an amazing German aeroplane dance!”
Cara Schultz and Amélie Munro
Photo at top: K-pop dancers entertaining Senior School students in the Quad.