Thursday 26 September was European Day of Languages and the teaching staff and pupils of all ages at the Royal Hospital School marked the occasion.
The day began in Chapel with four Year 7 pupils: Lucia Soler, Mattia Lau, Yana Sokoltsova and Ilai Mate reading the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish, English, Ukrainian and Fijian. The Chaplain’s reading was given in French by Jess Edney (Y13), in German by George Rennison (Y12) and in Latin by Sean Cuddihy (Y12). The Chaplain congratulated those involved saying “they all read confidently and accurately; and it was a wonderful chance to hear familiar words uttered in different tongues”.
Members of staff and pupils wore badges indicating which languages they could speak and most classes were greeted in a foreign language, regardless of the subject being taught. At morning break the Languages Department was converted into a continental café and the first one hundred lucky pupils to arrive and speak to their teachers in a language other than their first language, were rewarded with a cup of hot chocolate and a pain au chocolat.
At lunch time the dining hall was festooned with colourful flags representing the many nationalities who are part of the Royal Hospital School community and delicious dishes from France, Germany and Spain were served. Throughout the day there were competitions and around the corridors interesting linguistic signage to decipher. Miss Wright, Head of Languages, thanked the staff for making the day such a success and the whole school community for getting involved with such enthusiasm.