Concert in the school hall
Friday 18th December 2015 at 11:30am
celebrating Mother Tongue week
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our heritage. We want to encourage and celebrate the linguistic diversity of our families and also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world. We believe this will inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
Mother tongue week celebrates the fact that many of our children are skilled in a language that we can’t easily celebrate in the normal running of the school year. We want to give the children the chance to be able to sing a song, say a poem or listen to a story in their home language during mother tongue week. We have such a rich diversity of language that we need our parents to help us deliver a real and meaningful linguistically diverse week. Carmen and Gemma sent out requests last week looking for parents to help with both reading and talking to children in various home languages and we are delighted with the response to date.
We are grateful to the many parents who have already contacted Carmen and/or Gemma to offer their services for next week, either reading a story in class, teaching a song or poem or talking about the cultural heritage of their home country in classes. We are especially grateful to those parents who have offered to prepare a particular language group for a performance at the concert on Friday 18th. I understand that there will be, amongst others, performances in Lithuanian, Yoruba, Polish, Mandarin, Italian and Urdu which will be led by parent volunteers. As well as the specific language groups mentioned here, each of the class levels will be doing a performance involving other languages. Each class has chosen a country and/or a language to study during Mother Tongue week and there will be lots of linguistic and cultural diversity celebrated during the week.
As usual marking the end of the term we will have bell ringers and also a short tin-whistle performance. All children will be involved in some performance at this end of term concert. All parents are welcome. If you have small children please ensure that they are quiet during the performances and perhaps remove them from the hall if they are very noisy or crying. Your school going children will appreciate this kindness. Further information next week!