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Languages, Culture and Rugby

Dear Parents

I hope you all had a lovely half term and managed to have some quality family time. I’d also like to wish all of our families who celebrated the festival of lights last week a belated Happy Diwali!

Languages and Culture

I was fortunate enough to join 29 pupils from Year 7 and 8 on their cultural visit to Seville and Granada over half term. Both cities were beautiful but the visits to the Real Alcazar and Alhambra palaces were highlights for me. The children were exceptional, genuinely interested in learning about the rich history and culture of these ancient cities and showed adventure in trying to improve their spoken Spanish. I was incredibly proud of how they all conducted themselves and they were a real credit to Belmont. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mr Fleet, Mr McGuinness and Mrs Smith for giving up some of their holiday time to be on the trip but a special mention to Miss Turner for her brilliant organisation and leadership of the trip.

For families who would like to broaden their child’s linguistic and cultural horizons please see the message below from Mrs McRill regarding the French Exchange. We have huge demand for pupils from Jean Paul II in Rouen to stay with host families in London. If you feel able to help us out please get in touch Mrs McRill, who would be incredibly grateful.

Rugby and Fireworks

Congratulations to our South African families on their team’s heroic performance last Saturday. The Springboks desire was immense and their captain, Siya Kolisi, was an inspiration to his team, his nation and the entire world. Even the most fervent English fans could not fail to be moved by his poignant words that showed how the South African victory transcended sport:

“When I was a kid all I was thinking about was getting my next meal…We have so many problems in our country but to have a team like this… we come from different backgrounds, different races and we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.”

The children heard about the victory in this week’s assembly that was all about how you can achieve so much more as a team.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Leon Roberts