Language and Culture Week Fills Upper School With Celebrations and Education

St. Margaret’s Upper School celebrated Language and Culture Week with an array of activities and educational opportunities organized by the world languages department with contributions from many other members of the St. Margaret’s community.
“It is joyful to watch our students share their identities and utilize the languages they have worked hard to learn or master,” Upper School Principal Jeneen Graham said. “We are grateful to our colleagues in the world languages department for their planning and celebration of language and culture in our community. These Upper School events are reminders that every day we have the opportunity to learn more about each other and the many cultures that strengthen our school community.”
Here’s a look at the many activities that took place:
World languages students presented at Convo at the beginning of the week, offering welcoming words in Spanish, Latin and Chinese, and AP students leading a soccer juggling activity in front of their peers.
In Upper School Chapel, St. Margaret’s chaplains gave an insightful homily related to Language and Culture Week, with Mother Vienna McCarthy explaining why priests learn both Hebrew and Greek in their biblical studies, as an important component of understanding the Bible as it was written in those languages.
At the end of Chapel, students recited the Lord’s Prayer in Latin, Spanish and Chinese, and freshman Greta Blau sang “Pie Jesu” in Latin.
Students enjoyed a fun (and delicious) activities period during Language and Culture Day, playing several culturally significant games in the Senior Quad, and enjoying a special lineup of food trucks with Mexican, Asian and French choices.
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