European Day of Languages 2013

There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and diverse culture. That’s what the European Day of Languages aims to celebrate - by showing people across Europe how important languages are, and what fun can be had learning them. We celebrated the European Day of Languages here at Ark Academy on the 26th of September. 

All students and staff were given a sticker with ‘Hello’ in various different languages, from Arabic to Mongolian and Estonian to Japanese. Staff tried their best to impress the students by filling in their ‘Teacher Merit Card’. Throughout the day the staff had the mission to say words or phrases in different languages. Students signed off a merit for each different language spoken. Mr Cooper was our winner, with merits signed for an amazing 36 languages! During form time, students learnt that Chinese is spoken by 1151 million people and they learnt how to speak and write some Chinese, which went down a storm!

At lunchtime we had a Languages Competition in the Learning Centre. All four houses were represented by one student from each year group, as well as one member of staff. The Learning Centre was packed with a big audience who came along to support their House. Did you know that ‘Real’ in ‘Real Madrid’ means ‘Royal’ in Spanish and that Pidgin English is an official language in Papua New Guinea? These were just two questions in our quiz. Curie were our winners in the Languages Competition, well done Curie! A big thank you to all students and staff who got involved in the European Day of Languages 2013 and helped to make it such a success!