From Monday 6th March to Friday 10th March, Ruislip High School celebrated its annual Languages Week to coincide with ‘International Mother Language Day’.
The week kicked off on Monday 6th March, when our fifteen newly appointed Language Ambassadors held their first assembly to Year 7s on the importance of learning languages. That afternoon a theatre company performed a play to 300 Year 7-10 students who study French. The play was performed completely in French and was called ‘La Maison Hantée (the Haunted House)’. The play was very funny and some of our students were fortunate enough to get cameo roles.
On Tuesday 7th March, the Year 9 languages breakfast was hosted by the Year 10 Language Ambassadors. There were 110 students in attendance and the event was a fantastic success. Students enjoyed an array of French and Spanish food, ranging from croissants to churros. In addition, students took part in a code breaking task using their language skills to try and win one of the four Amazon vouchers up for grabs.
Next up, on Wednesday 8th March, the motivational MFL speaker, Paul Hughes spoke to all Year 9 students. He spoke about his struggles at school and how he overcame them in the RAF where he learnt how to speak Russian, Arabic and Pashto. He also regaled the students with how his ability to speak numerous languages helped save his life when he was kidnapped.
On Wednesday afternoon, 120 students attended the screening of ‘Strange World’ in Spanish whilst enjoying free popcorn donated by CineWorld and Iceland. On Thursday 9th March, 90 students enjoyed the same film - but this time in French!
Throughout this week language themed activities were planned in lessons across the school, to demonstrate to all students the influence of languages across the curriculum. Thank you to all of our staff and students who engaged with Languages Week, it was a truly brilliant week and we are looking forward to Languages Week 2024 already!