One of the most exciting events we ran during our 2014 Book Week Celebrations this year was the Read Around the World event held over a lunchtime in the GFL.
Working on the philosophy that highlighting literary pursuits at Mentone Grammar should not only be confined to English, we invited senior students of French, German, Japanese and Chinese to the GFL to share the joy of the languages they are studying with the wider community of Greenways and Frogmore students.
The GFL was a sight to be seen over lunchtime on August 14th, as these students set up stations featuring books, music, displays and most importantly food that related to their language. With a cacophony of music in four different languages at the same time, the Gregory Fish Library was transformed from a quiet library space to the kind of sight normally seen at an Expo! In amongst the food and music, it was a delight to see many students wandering around to the different language stations to ‘catch a glimpse’ of the different languages taught at Mentone Grammar. Most thrilling of all was seeing students read to each other! A group of students pulled up some floor space and enjoyed a reading in French by a proficient French student. One of our Chinese students who is learning German, entertained another group of listeners. Speakers of Japanese, German, French and even one of our students who comes from Singapore, as well as many of our ‘just English speakers’ were mesmerized by an ongoing talk given by Bihai (Luke) Sun about the construction of written Chinese.
While all student participants must be congratulated for their efforts in supporting this event, special thanks must go to the LOTE Faculty for their input. Most especially though, we extend our thanks to Bihai (Luke) Sun for the incredible effort he put into preparing food, music, books and his presentation about the Chinese language.