Among the school community of EVC there are at least 17 different languages spoken. We celebrated this rich culture for European Day of Languages. There were two main events, firstly two First Year students made a presentation to their class and teachers and taught us greetings and words in Brazilian Portuguese. A fellow student taught us greetings in Estonian. A lively conversation followed on the value of being bilingual.
An informal gathering was held in the library for some senior students for whom English is a second language. A couple of recent arrivals from Brazil were heartened to hear first-hand from a Syrian student about how he coped on arrival with little English. All the students, with six different languages between them, shared advice and practical tips about apps and resources for learning English.
There were a few sweet treats to take away, library books in dual languages to share with brothers and sisters, plans for further activities and, most importantly, a respect for the diversity of languages, the English that is learned informally and in extra tuition, the Irish, French and German studied in class and the home languages to be nurtured. Thanks to Ms. Fabienne Chapuis Osborne and Ms. Eadaoin Quinn who organised the enjoyable experience.