International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

On Wednesday 21 February, we celebrated International Mother Language Day.

At Ken Prep, over 20 different languages are spoken by our girls. But what would a language be without its culture?

This year, Years 5 and 6 worked incredibly hard to share their multicultural knowledge with the younger years. On Wednesday morning, Year 6 presented their language and culture posters to the girls in Years 1 and 2 who were truly impressed with the diversity of topics shown to them from History to Geography, traditional dancing, festivals, foods, clothing and even native wildlife. It goes without saying that the morning was a big success!

This is what our younger year groups had to say:

  • “I learnt that in Canada, they have a maple syrup party.”
  • “I liked dancing the red river jig and that it looks a bit like tap dancing.”
  • “I learnt that in Brazil they have a traditional pudding called ‘puddim’, and I would like to try it.”
  • “I learnt that in America the first president was called George Washington.”
  • “I liked how the Year 6 presentations all have quizzes at the end.”

Finally, just like endangered species in nature, we raised awareness that languages also can go extinct. Whole cultures and languages continue to disappear. Therefore, we shall continue to value and cherish our languages and cultures and be curious about others.

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