Love of lan­guages on dis­play

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of par­ents, stu­dents and teach­ers packed a Mid­dle Swan theatre for the fourth an­nual Swan Chris­tian Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion’s (SCEA) lan­guages per­for­mance com­pe­ti­tion.

Held in the Maali Mia Theatre at Swan Chris­tian Col­lege on Au­gust 23, the SCEAVi­sion chal­lenged stu­dents from kin­der­garten to Year 12 across all SCEA schools to per­form in any lan­guage other than English.

It also saw stu­dents from Northshore Chris­tian Gram­mar School, which opened in Alki­mos this year, per­form for the first time.

“Aus­tralia is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety and en­cour­ag­ing not just skill in, but a love of, lan­guages other than English is a key pri­or­ity across our schools,” SCEA chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil David said.

“Thanks to an ex­tremely ded­i­cated group of lan­guages and mu­sic teach­ers, this event demon­strates to stu­dents the joy of em­brac­ing other lan­guages and cul­tures, far wider than in the class­room,” Mr David said.

The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured more than 100 stu­dents per­form­ing in 15 lan­guages, in­clud­ing Aus­lan, Afrikaans, Ja­panese, In­done­sian, Ital­ian, French, Man­darin, Span­ish, Ger­man, Burmese, Maori and the Yorta Yorta indige­nous lan­guage.

Northshore Chris­tian Gram­mar School stu­dents per­form Satu Satu in In­done­sian, with Angk­lung in­stru­ments.

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