Celebrating the cultures of Europe

NRHNBE110617b1, Heanor gate csience college language week. Italians Keiran Gillott and Saul Phillips.
NRHNBE110617b1, Heanor gate csience college language week. Italians Keiran Gillott and Saul Phillips.

HEANOR Gate Science College has celebrated cultures from the continent as part of its European week.

Pupils from year seven, aged 11 and 12, enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities all aimed at expanding their awareness of our neighbouring countries.

NRHNBE110617b2, Heanor gate csience college language week. Greece and spanish Paige Graves, Charlotte Burrows and Tayla Barnes.

NRHNBE110617b2, Heanor gate csience college language week. Greece and spanish Paige Graves, Charlotte Burrows and Tayla Barnes.

The children took language lessons in Irish, Welsh, Swedish and German and got to taste food from all round Europe. A few even tried their hand at Spanish salsa dancing.

On the final day of the week, year seven celebrated all they had learned by coming into school dressed in clothes representing a country of their choice.

As a fun end to the activities the pupils arrived in a range of outfits from bohemian Parisians to salsa dancing Spaniards.

Head of languages at Heanor Gate, Delyth Preston, who organised the fifth annual event said: “We do it every year now , it gives the children a better idea of the co-operation between the different countries.

NRHNBE110617b3, Heanor gate csience college language week. French Tom Fish , Bethany Loftus, Alifha Cooper, Nathan Knighton, Shannaya Stuart and Kayleigh Sheldon.

NRHNBE110617b3, Heanor gate csience college language week. French Tom Fish , Bethany Loftus, Alifha Cooper, Nathan Knighton, Shannaya Stuart and Kayleigh Sheldon.

“It is all aimed at helping the children not to become xenophobic, it also helps to combat racism and promote European unity between the different cultures. For these children learning a new language is going to be very important as they grow up. They are at the right age to begin learning these skills now.”