JIS celebrates European Day of Languages

Jerudong International School (JIS) celebrated European Day of Languages on September 26.

European Day of Languages 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 (EU) aimed to encourage language learning across Europe.

Students participated in a variety of linguistic/cultural activities within their scheduled language lessons, focussing on Spanish and French.

Twenty-eight Year 6 students from Panaga School and their teachers spent the day at JIS to join in with the celebration.

JIS Principal Nicholas Sheehan said, “As an international school, with a Bruneian heart, we value the richness of the cultural diversity at JIS. We have 1,670 students from 55 different nationalities.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show students during the cooking lessons. PHOTOS: JIS

ABOVE & BELOW: JIS and Panaga School students learn how to play Pétanque; and students during a friendly game of Ballon Prisonnier

“Language and appreciating the languages of others, is an important part of this. We recently held a Malay Language focus day and today we have the European Languages day. It is wonderful to learn from one another!”.

Activities were held in various locations in the school.

In the Junior School, Year 4 began their day with role plays and practising the language with greetings, Ballon Prisonnier and Pétanque with Year 7, A European Treasure Hunt on European Culture with the Year 9 Spanish class, Football games with Year 5 and cooking Escargot (snails), Crêpes (thin pancakes) and tortillas (Spanish omelette).

Head of European Languages, Philippe Poulain said, “We enjoyed having our visitors from Panaga School today.

“It was an excellent experience for them and we look forward to developing community links with teachers and students there in the future.”