Primary Language learning enters new era at IGS

IGS has had an exciting start to the year in the Languages department, with the first group of students learning Chinese (Mandarin) progressing from Early Learning into the Primary School, and IGS Primary Language leaders appointed to further enhance language learning.

With the introduction of Mandarin language studies in the Primary School, IGS has welcomed Mandarin Teacher Linda Gu to elevate this program. Ms Gu was formally introduced at the recent Primary School assembly, sharing a fun learning activity with all students in Kindergarten to Year 6.

A sea of hands eager to take part in Ms Gu’s learning activity

Also announced at the assembly was the appointment of Machiko Ohta as Assistant Head of Junior School Asian Languages, and Annamaria Ferragina as Assistant Head of Junior School European Languages.

Machiko Sensei and Ms Gu shared that in celebration of Chinese New Year, students across all Language classes from Kindergarten to Year 3 will be making Chinese dragon artworks, and there will be a prize awarded to the class that creates “the best dragon”.

Machiko Sensei and Ms Gu presenting the dragon making project

Classes have been creating dragons of various shapes and sizes.

Year 1 students creating their dragons
Kindergarten students presenting their designs

Presenting for their first time as the 2019 Year 6 Language leaders, Katerina Mitsis and Bruno Decker-Stewart shared details at the assembly of the annual Harmony Day Poster Competition, with this year’s theme being “Harmony: it’s up to us”.

Primary Language leaders Bruno and Katerina

“The best part of learning languages is exploring new words and being able to go to the country,” Katerina said.

“My favourite topic so far has been learning about Rome.”

“I find languages very immersive, intriguing and fun,” Bruno added. “My favourite topic so far has been ‘Target Country: Germany’.”