Languages Day at Greensteds took place on Tuesday 12 th June, culminating in a variety performance for parents in the main hall. This debut event was a huge success and provided a chance for students to celebrate other cultures and languages. According to one teacher, it ‘was really heartwarming’.
During the day, students had a special timetable which included a carousel of activities such as: French and Swahili games, French craft, Swahili dancing and dressing up, kanga designing with mottos, and exploring famous French artwork. At break and lunch students had fun with flag face painting and a cultural photobooth. At lunchtime they enjoyed traditional Kenyan food and at break they were served French pastries with printed menus in French, Spanish and Swahili.
The Senior and Junior school students worked well together in the afternoon to produce a highly entertaining show. Susan, who was in the winning senior group, said that her ‘favourite part was coming up with the choreography and seeing what worked. Everyone participated. No one was left out. We enjoyed it.’ Another student from the winning group, Maryann, said that her ‘favourite part was practising. It was hard but fun.’ A year eight student, Medina, performed a dance and two poems: ‘Le Chat au Soleil’ and an unnamed Spanish poem. Medina noted that the task was particularly helpful for her pronunciation which her teachers helped her to perfect. She commented that ‘it was amazing to discover people’s culture and languages’ and ‘helpful for the little ones because they can look up to me and the other senior students.’
The Junior students were just as inspirational and made their teachers ‘very proud’. According to Miss Peters who jointly organised the day, the students were ‘amazing’. The Year Twos performed ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ in French;
Year Threes performed an incredible acapella version of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’; Year Fours did a brilliant job remembering a poem, particularly as they had spent the previous week out on a school trip; Year Five and Six ‘just smashed it’ with Swahili poems, French dances and great stage presence. Mr. Murray-Walker, who teaches French, praised all the students for their excellent French accents.