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European Day of Languages

On Tuesday 26th September, Papplewick boys were treated to varied workshops hosted by native parents from Spain, Austria, Ukraine and Russia in celebration of European Day of Languages.


Boys, parents and staff dressed up for the occasion with boys earning prizes for their effort and involvement. In their Spanish workshop the boys were taught the different sound patterns based on the various regions of Spain.

In the Austrian workshop they explored the importance of music especially composers such as Mozart and Strauss and also looked at the geography of Austria - being landlocked and surrounded by 8 countries.

In the Ukrainian workshop they were introduced to the 36 letters of the alphabet as well as the national dress called 'vyshyvanka' which is cross-stitched. Each ornament on the costumes refers to a code- flowers meaning love, trees meaning family and posterity. Also costumes differed depending on which region one lived in - i.e. inland or coastal.

In the Russian workshop the boys were shown the landscape of the country, the wildlife and villages. extensively covering life and activities such as fishing normally in the winter. The boys were also introduced to the famous Kalinka dance.

Food tasting was the major feature of the day with some Kavas (Russian cola) and some dry biscuits called Sushka plus Kaiserschmarrn, whilst the staff enjoyed Apfelstrudel!

September '23