28 September 2023

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Ooh La La! Priory teachers were kitted out in French, Greek and German (and more!) attire for our celebration of European Day of Languages. 

Year 7 went off-timetable on Tuesday to celebrate the important day in the Languages Department 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.” 

Food Technology teacher 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. 

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

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

Mr Bullock gave the pupils a run around in the Sports Hall with a game of Handball, one of the most popular sports across Europe. Passes and goals were shouted out in Spanish as well as scores announced in the language.

But it wasn't just the Year 7s who got to engage with the theme; teachers were meeting and greeting pupils at the door using a European language and incorporating language into lessons where practical - taking the register using ‘je suis ici’ or ‘Hola señor/señorita’, numbers in Maths for example. 

Many pupils brought in cakes which contributed towards the Macmillan's Coffee Morning, raising money for the annual cancer support campaign. Please don't forget to collect your containers from the Food Tech room.

Thank you to: Jacob V-Z, Ayana S-F, Emma N, Leon W, Holly McC, Ada McM, Imogen C, Lilly W and Kenzie S.  All entries will be awarded house points.

Thank you to our Year 10 pupils that assistant with the workshops: Geetha D, Indra J, Summer W, Connie B, Jolie T, Navah T, Chloe W, Sophia T, Imogen H, Max B, Charlotte M, Darcey K, Aliyah M, Phoebe A-W, Ella G.

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Tags: Learning for Life MFL Year 7