European Day of Languages Extravaganza

Thursday September 24th saw St John's transformed into a sea of colour, excitement and flair as the MFL department hosted the European Day Of Languages on behalf of the Catholic Partnership.
For the third year running, twelve schools along with ten of their top Year 8 or 9 linguists converged on St John's for a day that will live long in their memories. Students and staff were met with hot chocolate and croissants and a welcome talk by Mr Robertson Head of MFL. He described how languages open doors throughout life and how important it is to ensure we continue to develop linguists of the future.
Students were then separated into mixed groups which were named after teams competing in the Rugby world cup, to show respect for each nation taking part in such an iconic event. The menu of sessions on offer ensured that everyone had an incredible experience of not only European languages, but world ones too. All students spent time studying Greek language and culture including Zorba dancing, French via Fairy tales and children stories, French and German music and language, and 'The Great Spanish Bakeoff'.
One of the most impressive parts of the days for everyone at St John's was watching students from all corners of the region come together and celebrate languages as one and making new friendships along the way. Finally St John's Sixth Form MFL students who had been following groups around the sessions provided names of the top linguists and these students were awarded a prize by Mr Robertson for their outstanding effort throughout the day. The final act of the day was to take some group photos to keep as a reminder of what was a special day, not only for St John's as hosts, but also every student and member of staff involved. We can't wait for the next one!