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    Kimbolton Day of Languages

    Pupils from Reception to Sixth Form enjoy a packed programme of linguistic and cultural activities.

    Fitzpiers - winners of the Prep's 'Cultural Catwalk' competition.

    Bonjour, Hola!, Buongiorno … The whole school celebrated Kimbolton’s Day of Languages on 27 September, with pupils enjoying a packed programme of linguistic and cultural activities - as well as a delicious lunch, with menus in French and Spanish.

    For the Upper Prep, a highlight of the day was the ‘Cultural Catwalk’ inter-House competition, in which children from each House represented a French-speaking country. Points were awarded for presentation, creativity, music choice - and enthusiasm! Pupils also enjoyed listening to a French story, Bon Appétit! Monsieur Lapin (click below), read by 23 different members of staff, and watched a French film, Ernest et Céléstine in the Hunter Hall. At the Lower Prep, Year 2 enjoyed a French breakfast as well as activities and games with our A Level language students. 

    Meanwhile. activities at the Senior School included a Duo Lingo challenge, a word tree, cake sale, lunchtime ‘talking points’ with conversation starters, a quiz, meetings of the International Society, French and Spanish clubs, and a dedicated modern foreign languages book display in the Vanbrugh Library.  

    A Council of Europe initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001. The main message of the day is that language skills are a necessity and a right for everyone, young and old, opening up opportunities and helping us to understand each other better. 

    Mrs Marta Viruete Navarro, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Kimbolton, said: "Our aim is to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for all our pupils. We have decided to celebrate our Day of Languages so that all languages are included, not only European. The two assemblies held in the WBLT and the Lewis Hall in the Senior School were led by our pupils and brought together the whole community so that staff and pupils alike could share their linguistic skills in a variety of languages. A few pupils did not know that other non-MFL teachers could speak in different languages!"

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