28 September 2022

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Ooh La La! Priory teachers were kitted out in French, Greek, Spanish, Austrian (and more!) attire for the 20th anniversary of European Day of Languages. 

Year 7 went off-timetable on Tuesday to celebrate the important day in the MFL calendar and highlight the importance of learning a language across Europe. 

There were numerous activities including Greek dancing, constructing a European landmark using straws, a café and quiz and a music special, led by Mr Taylor. 

Head of Languages Mrs Scully said: “This day is so important and everyone, from staff to pupils, have been so enthusiastic about it. 

“Days like this are vital to highlight the importance of learning a different language, and culture, which are on our doorstep and all the school have embraced it. 

“It raises the profile of languages and it was great to see all the teachers and office staff dressed up and the pupils have got a lot from the day.” 

Mrs Cowell, whose dad is Greek, taught Year 7s Greek dancing, a few Greek words and they tried some Greek specialities including Feta cheese, Tzatziki, Greek yoghurt, olives and flat bread. 

Pupils embraced building a European monument out of straws, with the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa proving popular, under the watchful eye of Mrs Bailey. 

She said: “The pupils have been so enthusiastic, they have had a great time and it’s got them thinking about European countries.” 

Bradley and Thomas were working on theirs and had set themselves a challenge: “We want to build the tallest Eiffel Tower!” 

Mr Taylor’s music class had maracas, drums, cymbals and more as they played and danced to European songs. 

Meanwhile the MaBaL (music at lunch and break) across school was European themed – from Italian Late Renaissance Monteverdi through to modern French Daft Punk. 

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