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Language and Identity Assembly

Ms Doyle, Assistant Headteacher, delivered an assembly on languages and how they impact upon our identity, communication and social connections. Ms Doyle spoke on the importance of languages in maintaining culture, history and showcased a timeline of the evolution of the English language as we know it today. It was highlighted how numerous invasions by the Romans, the Angles, the Saxons and the French over the centuries on the British Isles has influenced the development of the English language. These conquerors brought their own languages and customs with them as they settled in their new lives leaving a legacy of new and adapted words, some of which we still use today. The assembly ended with Ms Doyle requesting students to think about the words they use in their own daily lives and highlighting some common words with their interesting origins. The assembly can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/SQXK-EvICuk

Assemblies are still being delivered virtually at present, to assist with social distancing. They have been produced to a high standard and are designed to provoke thought and critical thinking. For example, Mr Butterfield’s assembly on Music and Overcoming Difficulties, was a fascinating insight into the development and composition of music and delved into the histories of some of our famous musicians. His assembly also can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcQ0O5DAJGc