Ciao, Hola, Guten Tag, Salam - Marhaba, Kon'nichiwa, Kia ora, Sata srī akāla, Sawubona, Nǐ hǎo. That’s ‘hello’ in nine different languages, all of which were represented at our Languages Day in Junior School this week. Parent volunteers, teachers and one of our own children from the School shared the language and culture of their home country or somewhere they lived, so that the children got the insider’s view of the country.
Whether it was counting up to 20 in Afrikaans, learning the Haka, playing traditional Spanish board games or dressing up in a Sari, Junior School linguists were taken to far off lands to learn about what other countries are like to live in. The children discovered how diverse the world is, but also realised there are some similarities that link us all through the different languages and cultures.
The activities put on by our volunteers were varied and diverse from making origami to taste testing biltong from South Africa and sweets from Jordan. Year 4 children had a go at playing traditional Punjabi instruments, Pre Prep looked at the traditional dress of the United Arab Emirates while Year 5 were show the costume of Bavaria – Lederhosen and Dirndl. Year 6 were treated to a special presentation by a member of their own class who taught them Chinese and explained about the Chinese New Year.