Fun-filled day at JIS

Lyna Mohamad

Jerudong International School (JIS) celebrated The European Day of Languages on Monday with students participating in several linguistic and cultural activities focussing on Spanish and French lessons.

Nineteen Year 8 students from International School Brunei (ISB) and teachers participated in the European Day of Languages celebration at JIS.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said, “As an international school with a Bruneian heart, we value the richness of the cultural diversity at JIS.”

He said with 1,675 students from 55 different nationalities and languages, appreciating other languages is important. “It is wonderful that we can join together with students from another international school to learn from one another,” he said.

The activities were held in several locations in the school where Middle Years Spanish classes began with cooking Magdalenas (Spanish Lemon Cupcakes) and participating in team-building challenges in Spanish.

Students during an activity. PHOTO: JIS

Middle Year French students participated in a Treasure Hunt, French version of Dodgeball and played Petanque. The students also tried French croissant and pain au chocolat.

ISB students participated in a Speed Teaching and Learning with Year 12 IB Diploma French students where students taught each other cultural facts as well as grammatical rules.

Meanwhile, the Year 12 IB Spanish students taught a Spanish song to ISB students.

Junior School students together with Year 3 French students participated in several French traditional playground games such as La Marelle and L’Elastique!

IGCSE students in Years 10 and 11 joined a carousel of cultural and sporting activities with a French touch.

Head of European Languages Philippe Poulain said, “We enjoyed having our visitors from ISB today. It was an excellent experience for students from both schools and we look forward to developing community links with teachers and students in the future.”

The European Day of Languages, celebrated traditionally on September 26, was proclaimed by the Council of Europe on December 6, 2001 at the end of the European Year of Languages, which had been jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. It aimed to encourage language learning across Europe.