Primary students explore Asian cultures in International Languages Day at saltash.net

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in News | No Comments

Saltash.net was very proud to host our second annual International Languages Day on Monday 6 February.

Pupils from eight of our primary partners (Landulph, Bishop Cornish, Brunel, St Germans, Sir Robert Geffery’s, Burraton and Dobwalls) joined us for the day to celebrate the Chinese New Year as well as discover Asian cultures and languages.

As a special treat the school invited Hanban teachers (professional Chinese teachers) Dongping Chen, Jian Huang and Liang Kan, who ran some superb workshops, including Chinese morning exercise, calligraphy, Chinese New Year blessings, paper cutting, Tai-chi and Chinese sports. They were assisted by 20 wonderful saltash.net student Language Leaders who also ran Chinese and Japanese language and culture workshops for the primary pupils.

Tegan Lynch in Year 9 has been a Language Leader for two years.

She said: “We have had such a great time. It is the fifth primary day I have taken part in and they are just getting better and better. I feel really confident now sharing my passion for languages and teaching the primary pupils. It’s a great feeling knowing that they are enjoying themselves.”

Hilary Frank, Mayor of Saltash, joined them for the day to run Japanese workshops and give the students an opportunity to try on authentic Kimonos. The children were fascinated to find out Hilary had lived and worked in Japan as a Japanese interpreter for the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and even for the Japanese Emperor himself!

International Coordinators and organisers of the day Melanie Carr and Elodie Tremellat were very impressed with the students’ enthusiasm for foreign cultures and languages.

They remarked: “Not only were the children incredibly inquisitive and keen to learn about different cultures, but they showed great teamwork skills and were a credit to their schools and our community in and around Saltash.”

A pupil from Landulph said: “When I came in this morning I was very nervous, but now I am having a really great time and I definitely want to come back to saltash.net next time for more cultural fun.”