02/10/14 - European Day of Languages
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On Friday 26th September 2014, European Day of Languages was celebrated in Newtownhamilton High School. It was an exciting event in which cultural diversity and languages were promoted and many events took place throughout the week to ensure fun and enjoyment for all.
Celebrations for European Day of Languages began with a Spanish themed taster session for Year 8 and 9 pupils at lunch time. Many pupils attended and enjoyed learning some basic introductions and playing Spanish games and activities. Pupils were so enthusiastic to learn an additional language that Miss Moore has started up a Spanish club where pupils will meet weekly to develop their Spanish language skills. These pupils are undoubtedly little linguists in the making!
Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils were also involved in poster competitions throughout the week. Pupils were given the task of creating an eye-catching poster which not only promoted European Day of Languages, but also outlined the importance of learning a language. Prizes were awarded for the fantastic effort which went in to many, and displays were put up in various places throughout the school for all to admire the masterpieces!
Year 10 pupils took part in a European Day of Languages Quiz, which tested their general knowledge of all things European, while developing their team-work skills. The competitive nature of the quiz was enjoyed by all, and the winning teams in Year 10 were awarded prizes.
On European Day of Languages, the canteen was a hot-spot at both break and lunch time. An enticing European menu tempted many pupils to enjoy some European cuisine. Croissants, pain au chocolat, soda farls and baguettes were on sale at break time and some Year 10 girls helped Miss Moore to serve hot chocolate with marshmallows and Spanish fruit juice, all of which proved to be very popular! The European theme continued at lunch with pizza, spaghetti, chicken curry, baguettes and other tasty European options on the menu. With more hot chocolate on sale, many pupils availed of the opportunity to indulge all over again.
At the end of the busy but enjoyable week, it is fair to say that European Day of Languages was enjoyed not only by the French department, but by the whole school. Pupils were even asking if it would be possible to celebrate European Day of Languages twice a year!
Well done to Miss Moore and her team of helpers and a big thank you also goes to the canteen staff.