European Day of Languages 2016

On Monday 26 September staff and students celebrated the annual European Day of Languages by taking part in a competition organised by the Association for Language Learning which also recognised the 180 years (which will be celebrated next year) since the start of Rowland Hill’s Postal Reform in January 1837.   The students were asked to write a letter, on the theme of celebration in any language except English. There are prizes available for the best letter from students in KS3, KS4 and KS5 and will be judged at Newcastle University.

There were some amazing entries and Language teacher Miss McGuiggan commented that “The students who have taken part have worked so hard on these and they should be really proud of the language that they have produced. Some have even
been able to write humorously or poetically in a foreign language and many have even produced beautiful pieces of art which is really wonderful.”

She continued, “Keeping in mind that this was extra work for them, it really shows great commitment and we are really proud of their efforts.”

The aim of the annual European Day of Languages (an initiative originally proposed by the Council of Europe) was to raise awareness of

  • Europe’s rich linguistic diversity, which must be preserved and enhanced;
  • the need to diversify the range of languages people learn (to include less widely used languages), which results in plurilingualism;
  • the need for people to develop some degree of proficiency in two languages or more to be able to play their full part in democratic citizenship in Europe.

Outstanding entries include:

  • A letter to Alanas Achmetovas (Year13)  from the King of Spain, inviting the teacher and her wonderful Spanish student to the palace
  • Alfoncina Matungamire (Year 12) wrote a fan mail letter to Abraham Mateo (the Spanish Justin Bieber)
  • Favy Lamprea (Year 13) wrote a letter from the past, as an old man, pondering about life and death
  • Mollie Swallow (Year 12) has created a wedding invitation for her marriage to Enrique Iglesias
  • Rhys Shaw (Year 10) created a beautiful scroll in Latin
  • Vicktor Patmalnieks (Year 10) wrote a letter in Russian about his Christmas presents