The pupils and teachers at Greenwood Academy in Irvine certainly promoted this celebration and enjoyed a variety of activities on Wednesday the 23rd of September to showcase the European Day of Languages. The day kicked off with the young people introducing themselves in a variety of languages ranging from Punjabi, Dutch, Cantonese to French and Spanish. As a starter to their lessons they sang a selection of songs in different languages and at lunchtime enjoyed sampling the French, Italian and Spanish delicacies on offer at the canteen.
The fun continued into the evening where parents were able to take advantage of the talents at Greenwood Academy with a great variety of workshops. A representative from Scotland’s National Centre for Languages delivered a workshop around how languages are good for young people, their skills and their careers. The Modern Languages department showcased their trips abroad, and the parents also enjoyed tasters in Spanish and German as well as being taught Chinese chess from the young people in the Mandarin club.
The evening went down a storm with parents with comments ranging from "I enjoyed hearing how Modern Languages help in the future" to "It was informative to see how the children learn". What a wonderful end to a European celebration!