Liliane Heininger, Head of Department - Modern Languages
Last week AISM celebrated Language Week with a great variety of activities aimed at exposing the students to the many cultures here at the school, as well as deepening their understanding of what it means to speak another language and live in another country. The purpose of the Language Week was to promote the acquisition of additional languages, to promote intercultural understanding, to showcase student work and to engage the wider school community in language activities, all of which are a vital part of the curriculum.
Year 6 students participated in craft activities where they learned to manipulate castagnettes, write their names in Jawi, make Frenchship bands and create good fortune signs.
Year 7 students participated in a 2 hour Calligraphy workshop where they were able to learn the brush strokes needed to write different characters.
Year 8 students hosted an Education Forum with guests talking to them about their education experiences in Chinese, Tamil and Malay schools. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and, as part of Malaysian Cultural students, will not study each sector in detail.
Our speakers were certainly inspirational and we thank Mrs Huggel, Ms Rashina and Ms Ratha for giving up their time.
Year 10 students spent the week preparing for cooking demonstrations which took place on International Day and were a great success.
At lunchtime on Monday, the school community was able to sample fried rice, spring rolls, quesadilla, roti jala, chocolate eclairs and cream puffs while being entertained by the band NUTS. A spelling bee, organised by Year 9 was held at lunchtime on Tuesday and
Thursday with many students participating eagerly and the ability to speak more than one language was certainly a great benefit. A number of students walked away happily with great prizes.
Senior classes were not involved with Language Week this year as Year 11 students were busy preparing for assessment tasks held this week and Year 12 students for their TRIAL examinations and their HSC oral exams which will take place at the end of August.
Past HSC students, Thessh, Sandhaya and Kaveen, continue to visit French classes to assist with the Oral component of the HSC French examination, where students will need to speak for 5 minutes for the Beginners course and 10 minutes for the Continuers course.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the LOTE staff and all others who were involved in our week of celebrations.
Terima Kasih, Xié XIé, Merci, Gracias.