Languages and Culture Festival

We held a special ‘Languages and Culture Festival’ in school today to celebrate the languages we offer and the cultures they link with. It was a day of fun, food and festivity!

A ‘taste’ of Europe was on offer with free food trials during break times, while the canteen served up a special themed menu for the day. Each language (French, German, Italian and Spanish) was featured in four special displays and games stations that were devised and created by our student team of ‘Language Leaders’.

The Performance Hall was filled with the atmosphere of a buzzing continental market as students flocked to sample the delicacies and try their hands at the games stalls. Along with the prizes, key facts were learned as they played.

In the Lecture Theatre there was a film screening of Asterix, which was shown in French with English subtitles, and the Library promoted the dual language books that are available for students to borrow. For those studying a language at GCSE these are valuable resources, as the text can be read in the foreign language then understanding can be checked against the translation.

A sporting element to the day was provided with a 3v3 French football knock out competition. All year groups (and staff) could enter teams and each one was allocated a French Ligue 1 team name. Italian Opera boomed out across the top yard, inspiring some passionate playing.

We offer four languages at WHS: French, German, Italian and Spanish. In Year 7 to 9 every pupil learns French, and in Year 9 they can also opt to take an additional language during the ‘Creative Curriculum’ lessons. Then in Years 10 and 11, students can study any of the four languages as a GCSE, even if it is one that is new to them.