Oakhill pupils had an exciting day on Thursday as they celebrated the European Day of Languages.
Lessons saw pupils doing fun and varied activities to learn about why languages are so important.
Special assemblies were also held. In prep, children were invited to take part in a French edition of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ as they tackled questions about the use and prevalence of languages. Many were surprised to learn that over 300 languages are spoken in London alone and that there are over 6,000 languages spoken throughout the whole world. We certainly cannot say that ‘everyone speaks English’, the need to learn another language is as high as ever. In seniors, we heard from Oakhill pupils who are already bilingual. We also saw some funny examples of how Google Translate often fails, reinforcing the need for people to speak to people in their own tongue.
Lunchtime was a delightful array of food choices, ranging from souvlaki and halloumi to churros and apple tarte tatin. The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sample a new dish.
However, the fun didn’t stop there! Across the school, pupils have been working towards two competitions. The first saw them designing a t-shirt with a European-theme.
Mrs Buttery had the challenging task of judging from the impressive number of entries but, eventually, chose the winning designs of Yahya in Year 9 and Scarlett in Year 3.
These will now go forward as entries in the Routes into Languages national competition.
The second competition was Oakhill’s answer to ‘Bake Off’. There was a wide variety of entries, with many children choosing to demonstrate friendship and teamwork by producing a final design in a pair. Mrs Buttery managed to resist the temptation to sample the entries and chose the cakes of Georgia and Felicity in year 9 and Georgia and Saul in Years 5 and 6 as the school winners.
An amazing week’s efforts, culminating in a fantastic day last Thursday. Merci. Gracias. Danke.