Published on: 21 September 2017

The School recently celebrated Languages Week, offering boys at Christ Church an opportunity to discover and immerse into foreign cultures.

Languages Week is designed to raise awareness of the benefits of language and highlight the linguistic diversity in our community. Officially held state-wide between 7 to 14 August, Christ Church opted to host Languages Week towards the end of Term 3, with boys celebrating the School’s offered languages of French, German, Mandarin and Japanese.

Head of Languages Nicky Griffin-Appadoo says, “Languages Week is part of our push to create global citizens and remind our boys to celebrate other languages and cultures, and to engage with each in a fun and different way from just their daily class experience.”

Highlights of the week included:

– a visit by Mr Chris Tallentire MLA to our Senior School Assembly where he spoke on the importance of learning a language. Chris also presented awards to Christ Church students for the MLTAWA Side by Side and International Language Perfect competitions.
– the opportunity to purchase freshly cooked crepes by Crepes de Paris
– sessions in Chinese martial arts and dumpling making
– a Chinese lunch
– a Chinese musical/dance performance at Hadley Hall, MLC
– a Chinese themed Prep School Assembly featuring some amazing and very talented performers
– Japanese tea ceremonies in class
– foreign films at lunchtime
– a whole school languages quiz during tutorial time (won by Mrs Zuchner-Mogall’s tutorial group)

Languages Week is currently being promoted as part of Languages in Mainstream – a 12-month partnership project between the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Western Australia Inc (MLTAWA) and the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI).

As our world is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent, language learning is proving to be an essential skill for life in the 21st century.