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Happy European Day of Languages!

26 Sep 2020
The Year 7 and 8 Chapel Assembly, led by a group of our Year 11 international students

To celebrate European Day of Languages this year (26th September 2020), a group of our Year 11 international boarders prepared and delivered an assembly for our Year 7 and 8 bubble of students.

The purpose of the assembly was to highlight the importance of learning languages and help the younger members of our School learn a couple of different words from a range of European languages. Well done to everyone involved, including Mrs Nicholson for organising it!

Building on this successful assembly, this Monday, 28th September 2020, several of our Sixth Formers are going to deliver a similar assembly to our Preppies (in their year group bubbles), while Mrs Kent, Head of MFL, has set the entire teaching staff at Barney a ‘Duolingo’ languages challenge!

At Barney, we are proud of our International Community, which comprises many students from a diverse range of countries and cultures.

Each year we welcome Barnardians from across the globe to our School, who enjoy successful periods of time at Barney – whether it be for just a term or a year. In many instances, we have often find that our international boarders stay for much longer than anticipated because they have enjoyed the Barney experience so much, which is incredibly humbling and testament to the welcoming nature of our community.

We also keep in touch with our international friends through our extensive Old Barnardian (OB) network. We hope in the not too distant future that we can host our regular OB events, including those held outside the UK, and reconnect with the OB community and catch up with friends old and new.

Languages form a large part of the Barney curriculum, with many pupils going on to study MFL at Sixth Form and beyond, hence why it is important to support initiatives such as European Day of Languages and engage with young people about the benefits of learning another language.