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Cashel Community School celebrates French and German culture

Tipperary Star reporter


Tipperary Star reporter


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Mr John Gallagher (principal) with Jennifer Fogarty and Caoimhe Crosse, promoting CCS's celebration of French and German

Cashel Community School (CCS) has as its core the desire to promote diversity and inclusiveness and this was evident when modern foreign languages were celebrated in the school.

Students in the school are offered both French and German as options from first year to sixth year and many choose to study both languages to Leaving Cert level.

The week chosen reflected the international day of French speaking countries on March 20, when France, its language and culture are celebrated in a fun and innovative way.

A language quiz, first year French and German breakfasts, art competitions, a TY French theatre show and a senior essay writing competition were some of the activities enjoyed by students over the course of the week.

Junior cycle students participated in a modern foreign language art competition under the theme of We Love Languages/Nous aimons les langues /Ich liebe Deutsch.

The standard of entries was extremely high again this year with Oona Bogdan, Vicktor Csanyi and Chloe Coleman being awarded first, second and third year prizes respectively.

Julianne Bongaras’ impressive art work scooped her the overall art prize this year. Bravo!

First and second year students for their part participated in a highly competitive table quiz on Friday where a tie break round saw Eoghan O’Leary, Adrian Gayson Molloy, Gráinne O’Connor and Amy Wood emerge as triumphant winners.

Senior pupils demonstrated their prowess in both French and German, producing insightful essays in both languages on why it is important to learn modern foreign languages.

Sophie Ó’Shea Áine Reade, Jennifer Fogarty and Marjorie de Castro proved successful in this section. The final task for sixth years was to interview students and teachers in French throughout lunchtime with the best interviewers Caoimhe Crosse and Julia Bongaras both receiving a prize for their efforts.

A new departure for modern foreign language week was the provision of a French and German breakfast for all first years organised by their sixth year link students.

The pupils all enjoyed croissants, pain au chocolats, salami, smoked cheeses, ham, rye bread and juices in school. Staff also benefitted with an array of French and German delicacies provided at break time.

Support from Supervalu and Cashel was much appreciated.