As a languages graduate, I always enjoy celebrating the importance of languages as we did on Wednesday here and across Europe. The children were invited to think about the advantages of learning other languages and there is interesting data from Bangor University that shows languages graduates are more employable than those completing any other degree.
From my perspective, studying another language creates a mindset that is interested in the world beyond, in others, in their cultures and traditions, their literature, their music and art.
National debate is currently focused around what is the best way to separate ourselves from Europe and it is difficult to find a way through discussion of this with children that isn’t explicitly political. Our mission at St Michael’s is to expand horizons, connect and understand people who are different from us and learn from them. It’s a powerful and important focus for all we do.
I hope you’ve been able to see some of the photographs coming back from Tanzania. Reverend Di attended a four hour church service on Sunday and a choir practice which I look forward to hearing about when she returns. Do look at the pictures on Twitter.
This week we have enjoyed meeting Year 4, 5 & 6 parents to set in context how they can support children at school year. Thank you to all those who came.
I’m sorry that my own commitments mean that this weekend I will have to miss the football tournament. I know it will be a happy and competitive occasion and I hope everybody enjoys it.
Whatever you are doing this weekend have a wonderful break and enjoy the sunshine.