European Day of Languages
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St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’

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