International Day to celebrate ‘world languages’ for wellbeing

In 2019, International Day takes as its focus World Languages in recognition of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages.

On 2 August, IGS will celebrate the essential role that languages play in people’s daily lives, and in shaping and preserving culture. We often speak about wellbeing; mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet.

IGS families are invited to get involved. See details below.

Another very important aspect of wellbeing is linguistic wellbeing which relates to the ability and freedom to retain one’s mother tongue or heritage language. The maintenance of one’s mother tongue or heritage language allows individuals who straddle cultures to experience positive aspects of their ethnic identities and cultural origins. It also allows them to express and engage in their arts, history, heritage and traditions. In turn, the wellbeing of these individuals is enhanced as they have a sense of connectedness to their heritage and to the country in which they live.

Every IGS student from Kindergarten to Year 11 will take part in a day that celebrates the IGS community and allows us to learn more about the world and its people and enhance our skills in engaging with diverse cultures and creating connections with others.

I invite all families to help and to participate in International Day 2019, so that our students and our community can be together in a day to explore, image and create.

Calling for IGS families to help run workshops

IGS families are invited to lead, collaborate or help with forums, workshops or activities on the theme of World Languages for either the Primary School or High School.

“Many IGS families speak more than one language, many of which are not taught at IGS. I would love to hear from you. Maybe you would like to run a workshop teaching that language through many fun activities.

“You may know members of your cultural community who would be happy to be part of our International Day.

“Maybe you know an ancient language you would love to teach and share?

“Maybe you could teach some essential words or phrases of another language that convey history, tradition and culture.

Music, dance, oral history and story telling are also integral to the shaping of culture and identity and the way we communicate.

The ideas for workshops and activities on the day are endless. If you have an idea, please do not hesitate to email me at so we can discuss it further.
To help with food stalls, please contact Irina Braun at and donate food or time.
To help mount a Country Room display, please contact Lucy Howard-Shibuya at

Spero di verdervi per la giornata Internazionale!

J’espère vous voir à la journée Internationale!


Wir laden Sie alle ganz herzlich ein mit uns gemeinsam an der IGS unseren Internationalen Tag zu feiern. Wir freuen uns sie bei uns willkommen zu heißen.


¡ Les esperamos a todos en el Dìa Internacional!

We look forward to celebrating a wonderful International Day on 2 August.

Rosalba Genua-Petrovic
Director of Languages

In related news, Rosalba has invited students to take part in the design competition for the IGS International Day PTF reusable shopping bag, with the theme “world languages”. The winner will receive a set of Apple Airpods.