Celebrating European Languages Day
- Lunch in the canteen will be full of international flavour with a delicious array of dishes from around the globe. Bon Appétit! There will be wonderful background music while you sample the international cuisine including “Let it go” from the film “Frozen” in 25 European languages, Indila-Dernière Danse and a variety of pop songs as Gaelige.
- We are very privileged to have mass celebrated at 1:05pm in the Oratory. It will be multilingual (including French, Irish, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, Slovakian, Russian and Indian) and multicultural throughout. All are welcome. A very big thank you to the R.E. Department for making it possible. The choir’s beautiful rendition of “Esto les Digo” will be played during the Mass.
- Orders in Exit 14 will be in Italian with some relaxing Italian Cafe music and Pavarotti lending some ambience. Buon Appetito!
- The Years 12,13 and 14 assemblies will all be multilingual.
- The Art Department have produced wonderful displays in the front foyer.
- The English Department are examining Greek terminology in Greek Tragedy and analysing the translation and interpretation from the original French in their study of “L’Étranger” by Albert Camus and are focussing on some Seamus Heaney poems for National Poetry Day on Thursday 2nd October. Heaney was so well versed in languages – who could ever forget his final communiqué “Noli timere”
- Brecht is to the fore in the Drama Department. (After Twelve Angry Men of course!)
- The History Department are now benefitting from their Comenius project with links in Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey. It was a wonderful cultural and linguistic exchange which has enriched the whole school. Gracias
- The Irish Department assisted greatly with the hosting of the visitors from the Comenius Partner schools introducing them to both Irish language and culture and no doubt that linguistic exchange is continuing. The Irish Department will also have an Irish “Rí-Rá” (sing-along) with the help of Harry Lambert (Yr13). Some classes will get the opportunity to do some céilí dancing, or “Seasaigí, Suígí” and others will play biongó as Gaelige.
- The Geography Department will be playing the European Flag Game on mapzone in the junior school and putting their linguistic skills to good use.
- The Home Economics Department continue to produce some truly wonderful Haute Cuisine with a distinctly Mediterranean and international flavour and French culinary terms are always to the fore.
- The Maths department will be counting in various languages. Uno, dos, tres…
- In Sociology there will be a focus on Ethnicity.
- The PE department will be highlighting terms used in Camogie in Irish.
- The French Department are preparing to host the Onatti Theatre Company in October when they will be performing their production “Erreur d’identité”. They are also once again preparing for their annual trip to Paris. We wish everyone involved a Bon Voyage!
- The astronomy club continues to have links with Henry Joy McCracken who works in the Paris Observatory.
- The Mandarin class have produced a beautiful display giving us an insight into both linguistic and cultural aspects of Mandarin with some photos of them putting the language to very good use during their recent trip to Beijing! 我們愛中國
- The Media Studies Department will be showing ‘El laberinto del fauno’-a Spanish film- to Year13 students.
- The LLW Department are currently working on researching many different countries throughout the world and learning about their languages, traditions and cultures.
- No doubt the Politics Department have built up their linguistic skills while preparing for the Mock Council of the European Union.
- The Science Department are highlighting some very thought provoking quotes from renowned scientists and inventors in their own language including Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur and Leonardo Da Vinci.
- The Business Studies Department will be analysing the importance of the Euro.
- The Careers Department are promoting some really interesting careers in languages.
- There is a very interesting display of language materials in the library.
- Engineering students visited TEREX and Mallaghan Engineering, gaining an awareness of the worldwide nature of the companies and the opportunities to travel abroad and therefore how important linguistic skills could prove to be.
- The ICT and Technology Departments have contributed greatly to the overall smooth running of events.
The Languages Departments would like to thank everyone for their hard work and effort – it is appreciated very much.
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