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Going International at the Girls’ Model


‘Truth, Respect, Empathy, Kindness’ were the important values at the heart of a wonderful ‘Diversity Day’ at the Belfast Model School for Girls held on Friday 5th May. Dr Sharon Jones reports:

A talented and enthusiastic Stranmillis team, led by Adam Leahy, delivered excellent sessions promoting the benefits and opportunities of language learning and inter-cultural awareness for the groups of primary and post primary school pupils attending this special event. Sarah-Jane Keilty (Year 4 BEd Primary) and Claudia Vicario Roura (Erasmus) introduced Spain and its languages while Carola Hulea (Erasmus) explored Austrian culture and German language. Jordan McKane (BEd Post-primary Business and Enterprise) and Adam Leahy (International Intern), who had both spent a semester at South China Normal University, our partner university in Guangzhou, China, introduced Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. This was a great experience for all involved.

Thanks must go to Mrs Paula Leitch, Assistant Principal and her team at the Belfast Model School for Girls, for hosting such an inspiring event, and to the Stranmillis student team who contributed so positively, sharing their linguistic and cultural expertise.

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