Cultured times for the European Day of Languages

Tuvimos un gran día de diversión y aprendizaje¡

(We had a great day of fun and learning)

Friday 25th September saw students and staff celebrating European Day of Languages.

An initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September. Each year, a range of events are organised across Europe with activities for children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences; these help promote languages across the world and encourage students to discover the many languages that are spoken globally.  Language skills are more in demand than ever in the world of global commerce and the initiative seeks to encourage students in their learning and appreciation of foreign language skills and how they can benefit in their future careers.

During the course of the day, students were challenged to complete a ‘Languages Passport’ by questioning staff about their international connections and experiences. They then completed a Treasure Hunt to find key international information displayed around the school site. The teachers of the Modern Foreign Languages department also got into the spirit for the day by wearing specially made t-shirts with quotes in the different languages spoken by them including French, Spanish and Arabic.

This year’s celebrations have been made even more appealing to students because of the increased number of international opportunities for students at Rastrick High School, such as the Erasmus project which involves 7 schools in Europe, international visits from partner schools and the French exchange.

The Director of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Miller said, "It is an exciting time for Rastrick High School as it continues to develop greater international knowledge and opportunities for the students. This year we will be receiving students from Germany, completing a French Exchange programme and visiting both Murcia and Barcelona."

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