On Friday 20th March Haydon School celebrated the link that they have forged with Seki High School in Japan by organising lots of cultural activities for our year 7, 8 and 9 students to get involved with.
There were demonstrations from martial arts groups which included Karate, Judo and the art of Japanese sword fighting known as Kendo.
There was sushi making, karaoke, a chance for students to try on authentic, beautifully intricate kimonos and perhaps the most popular of all the inflatable sumo wrestling.
Mr Jones said:
“The Japanese Day on Friday 20th March provided the students with a real flavour of Japan. We currently have 57 students at Haydon School studying Japanese and the activities on offer have allowed many more of our students the opportunity to understand Japanese life”.
Our students said:
“I enjoyed the Judo most of all because it was great to see an ex-student helping to teach us the moves, I think everyone really enjoyed it”.
“The sushi making was so good, I’ve never even eaten it before so to be able to make it and then taste it was great”.
“The sumo wrestling was so funny, I’ve always wanted to do it when I’ve seen it on TV before”
At the end of February 2015 the Languages department invited our 80 of our top achieving students to an event we call Language Ambassadors or #langambs!
It’s a good chance to celebrate all the wonderful things that learning a language can help you achieve in the big wide world and so it’s also a great opportunity for us to say please take 2 languages at GCSE! The students watched a presentation and then took part in group work to discuss all the doors learning a language can open. We also encouraged students to use their phones during the event! This was to tweet their reasons for learning a language and the winning tweet follows:
"You should learn a language so you can get accepted into a good uni, get a banging job and become rich!" #langambs
Chinese New Year Roadshow
On the 27th February Haydon’s Mandarin students were lucky enough to watch a fantastic performance to celebrate Chinese New Year – year of the goat! Performers from the Confucius Institute at London’s Southbank put on an amazing show in St Mary’s Hall to all our of Mandarin students from years 7-11. They performed traditional folk dancing, beautiful fan dancing, amazing martial arts which drew gasps from the audience and best of all some of our students had the opportunity to get up on stage and have a go themselves. It was a colourful and exciting show and all the students thoroughly enjoyed it.
Diversity Day 2014
On Friday 29 March 2014 Haydon School held its annual Diversity Day. This hugely successful event showcased many of the diverse skills and talents of pupils and staff at Haydon School and pupils were able to take part in a range of international activities related to the theme of diversity such as Samba & Taiko drumming, Flamenco, Henna tattoos, Chinese calligraphy and Zumba. Click here for an image gallery of the event.
European Day of Languages
On Monday 30 September 2013 Haydon School celebrated the linguistic diversity of the school community in the annual European Day of Languages celebration. Many enthusiastic students came to the library at lunchtime to learn a few words and phrases in such varied languages as Swahili, Japanese, Panjabi and Greek. Students collected signatures in their special passports and received prizes. This exciting event gave students the opportunity to experience different cultures and gain valuable linguistic knowledge. Many students were inspired by their success and continued to talk with a range of teachers in other languages throughout the week. Photos from Ms Morris (Languages)