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WEEK 4 - Friday 1 October 2021

Did you know it was European Day of Languages on Sunday 26 September? Do you know how many different languages are spoken in Hull? I can truthfully tell you that although I knew about this day I could not say yes to the second question.

In this week’s assembly, Mrs Burrows spoke to the students about the aim of the day; to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. She also shared her views on how learning different languages not only helps with resilience but can be very useful when travelling, can create lots of opportunities, helps to gain an understanding of diversity and of different cultures. I, myself have a passion for travelling and seeing as many different countries and cultures as I can but I have been in many situations where I have been a little embarrassed at my lack of ability to communicate in the local language.

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Hull’s population in the 2011 census was 256,406. That means that all of the languages on this list had at least 512 native speakers, and some had over 1000 native speakers! 

We have also spoken about the importance of student attendance to school and the impact that even one day can have on your child’s education. After such a difficult couple of years we are working hard to help all of the students get back on track. This is obviously much easier if the student is in front of us and it is therefore essential that we work together to ensure that all of the students gain the help and support they require and attend schools as much as possible.

Finally, in each of my blogs, I will be asking two Year 7 teachers to share a positive comment about one of their students.  This is what they said:

Jacob Spicer - “What an absolutely delightful student!  So polite, so enthusiastic and so knowledgeable! Always willing to join in and answer questions and shows a real interest in his learning.”

Mrs Groak, French

Gilby Wright - “Excellent engagement in all aspects of the Science lessons. Gilby is polite, willing to answer questions, works safely and scientifically in practical work. A great start to Year 7.”

Mr Smith, Science

If you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; hoyyear7@hessleacademy.com.

Take care

Miss Pinkney

Head of Year 7

Mrs Briggs

Assistant Head of Year 7