Ni Hao!      Bonjour!    Guten Tag!          Konnichiwa!        Buenos dias!

This year the international language week showed itself only from the sunny side: The sun was shining the whole week and we had wonderful special activities throughout the day and during lunch time.

On Monday Class Six sold international finger food from all over the world to Lower and Upper school students. We had a great outcome and the class raised over $220 which will go towards their ski camp in 2015. A special thanks to Class Six parents who kindly helped out during lunch time.

On Tuesday we had a fantastic Origami workshop where Yuko, the Japanese language teacher, and Classes 1 to 6 students taught the Lower School students some paper figures. There were a lot of figures to try. This time the paper planes, blue whale and “pick a lucky number” were very popular. Special thanks to the parent helpers Elizabeth (Nicos mum of Class One) and Helen (Chloes mum of Class Four).

On Wednesday we had our dress up day in international costumes. We had students dressed up in traditional styles from all over the world.

During lunch time we had our greeting poster out: Many students came along to write down greetings in languages from all over the world.

Do you know from which country “Kia orana” or “ Bom Dia” comes from?

For the first time we had international folk dancing with Lyn the librarian on Thursday during lunch time. It was a great success. Everybody was very keen to try different steps! Thank you so much, Lyn, for this special experience.

After this we had our international assembly, were the Lower School classes presented songs from different countries. It was a very special afternoon. Well done Lower School students!

We had parent visitors coming into each class who were sharing something special from their own country. So Class One had Sharee to share something from The Cook Island’s, Laure came to Class Two to teach us a song in  Spanish from Argentinia, Juvena came to Class Three to tell a story from India, Laura Roberts came to Class Four to tell a story about the first Nations people of America and a Spanish story to Class Seven students. Class Six had two Upper School students visiting. Sunny who had been an exchange student in Germany and Friedrich from Hamburg who is a current exchange student at Raphael House were there to answer all questions Class Six students had about their exchange expierences. It was very exciting to listen to their stories.

Thank you very much to all of you who gave some time and gave so much to each Lower School student!

Merci, Dankeschön, Gracias to all the students and teachers who supported the special events and preparations throughout the week

Auf Wiedersehen, Au revoir, Ciao, International Language Week, see you next year,