Students at a Harrogate school have proved that ‘Rossett’s Got European Talent’ as part of a day celebrating international links and understanding.
The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department at Rossett School organised the singing competition as the highlight of European Day of Languages. It was won by Joe Cooper, singing a melodic traditional song in Russian.
The programme for the day also included a quiz testing students’ knowledge of Europe, petanque and handball competitions in PE lessons, and a tongue-twister competition.
Phillip Bourgeois, the school’s Director of Studies for MFL, said:
All of our staff got into the spirit of the day by greeting students in a wide range of languages and weaving the theme into their lessons in some very creative ways.
The students really enjoyed trying international dishes in the dining room and having taster sessions in languages they have never learned before. Of course, as well as the fun side to the day, we have been looking at the importance of learning languages and how they may be useful to our students in the future.
We are very fortunate to have had several languages graduates from the University of Leeds in school to help students realise the benefits of studying languages and the careers that depend on having more than one language.
It was a really positive day of celebration and learning, and I’m sure it will have given many of our students the confidence to continue their study of languages throughout their time with us and beyond.
Rossett School’s MFL department is recognised as the best in North Yorkshire for value added during students’ time at the school. Its results at GCSE and A level this year were outstanding, and the department has also been recognised with an International School Award from the British Council.