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Pupils at The Clere School celebrate European Day of Languages
EUROPEAN languages were celebrated by secondary school pupils in a week-long event.
Competitions, performances and a non-uniform day were held at The Clere School, in Burghclere, in the run up to European Day of Languages.
The Flying Theatre Group performed a play called Bon Voyage to Key Stage 3 students, which was presented almost entirely in French.
Pupils were amused by the actors making fun of their teachers and being sprayed with water.
To mark the day, students and teachers came to school wearing a typical outfit or the colours of a European nation.
Teachers ran a variety of activities, such as teaching science in German, or religious studies in Irish.
There were also activities in Welsh, Turkish, Greek and even Cornish.
Students were given the chance to learn a different language, as well as try out fun games and activities from European countries.
The food department prepared European cakes which were sold in school, and the canteen provided authentic European cuisine for lunch.
At lunchtime, a foreign film language festival was held, at which students could watch clips from a selection of films and then vote for their favourite.
Dawn German, head of languages at The Clere, said: “As usual, the staff have risen to the challenge and will be providing an unusual and exciting day for our students.
“Nowadays, it is vital to have good language skills and the purpose of this day is to use foreign language for real purpose and share the wealth of language proficiency in our school.
“Our students love learning languages. This year we have students taking GCSEs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish. Last year, one student even chose to learn modern Greek.
“If this day can encourage more young people to try their hand at learning a language, then we will have succeeded.”
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