EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES AT KILMARNOCK ACADEMY
Kilmarnock Academy celebrated European Day of Languages on October 4 in style with a range of activities for pupils from S1 to S6. The Academy became part of the Eurozone for the day and their rate of exchange was €1.00 = £1.00! The Assembly Hall was decorated with flags and banners made by S1 pupils and French delicacies were on sale in the foyer during break – the “pains au chocolat” proved very popular indeed and quickly sold out! In the Assembly hall at lunch time crêpes were on sale, made by the very talented pupils in the hospitality class.
There was a Fancy (European) Dress Competition with prizes for S1-3 and for the seniors, with judging in the hall at lunchtime. Chloé Richmond in S1 (photo attached) won a prize for looking very French!
During break and at lunchtime pupils took part in, and watched, entertainment by very talented performers doing a traditional French Pierrot Mime act (Vanessa Wilson in S5 - Photo attached) and Salsa dancing (Rosi Tudhope and Kimberley Marshall in S6) Music in all different languages was also enjoyed by pupils and staff.
French classes were held in the hall where a variety of activities took place. S3 and S4 took part in a Euroquiz to challenge their general knowledge on languages and Europe (Photo of S4 Quiz winners attached - from left to right – Eleanor Gibson, Stacie Taylor, Mrs. S. Stables, Aaron Ng and Rebecca Scott-Ramsay) . S1 enjoyed some games in French including ‘Jacques a dit’, in which they became particularly skilled at listening carefully to the traditional ‘Simon Says’ game all in French (“Jacques a dit “Regardez! Taisez-vous!”), followed by elimination dancing games, singing songs and learning tecktonik dances in French.
Once again, pupils enjoyed all the activities on offer and they also learned a little bit about the importance of learning a modern language in today’s world.
Report by Mrs Stables