Middle Swan theatre packed for school language challenge

Ellenbrook Christian College students performing Dapper Muis (Brave Mouse) in Afrikaans.
473319pb: Ellenbrook Christian College students performing “Puss in Boots” in French.
Ellenbrook Christian College students performing “Puss in Boots” in French.
 Northshore Christian Grammar School students performing “Satu Satu” in Indonesian, with Angklung instruments.
Swan Christian College students Olivia D'Angelo and John Saxon.
Ellenbrook Christian College students performing Dapper Muis (Brave Mouse) in Afrikaans. 473319pb: Ellenbrook Christian College students performing “Puss in Boots” in French. Ellenbrook Christian College students performing “Puss in Boots” in French. Northshore Christian Grammar School students performing “Satu Satu” in Indonesian, with Angklung instruments. Swan Christian College students Olivia D'Angelo and John Saxon.

HUNDREDS of parents, students and teachers packed a Middle Swan theatre for the fourth annual Swan Christian Education Association’s (SCEA) languages performance competition.

Held in the Maali Mia Theatre at Swan Christian College on August 23, the ‘SCEAVision’ challenged students from Kindergarten to Year 12 across all SCEA schools to perform in any language other than English.

It also saw students from Northshore Christian Grammar School, which opened in Alkimos this year, perform for the first time.

“Australia is becoming an increasingly multicultural society, and encouraging not just skill in, but a love of, languages other than English is a key priority across our schools,” SCEA chief executive Neil David said.

“Thanks to an extremely dedicated group of languages and music teachers, this event demonstrates to students the joy of embracing other languages and cultures, far wider than in the classroom.”

The competition featured more than 100 students giving 37 performances in 15 languages, including Auslan, Afrikaans, Japanese, Indonesian, Italian, French, Mandarin, Spanish, German, Burmese, Maori and the Yorta Yorta indigenous language.

Languages featuring for the first time included Farsi, Hawaiian and Gaelic.

Swan Christian College student John Saxon performed for his fourth and final time in a fourth language, and won the Year 10-12 category with ‘Hamsafar’ in Farsi.

A group of Ellenbrook Christian College students took out the Year 1-3 category, performing ‘Dapper Muis’ in Afrikaans, while a student from Mundaring Christian College played guitar and sung a rendition of ‘Halleluyah’ in Italian to win the Year 4-6 category.

Anke Tamsen of Swan Christian College was the winner of the Year 7-9 category, performing ‘Lisa Se Clavier’ in Afrikaans.

SCEA languages consultant Mariel Howard encouraged students to continue their pursuit of foreign languages.

“Multilingualism and intercultural understanding are becoming crucial skills for the careers of the future,” she said.

“It is wonderful to see so many students celebrating the skills they are developing at school and at home, knowing that it promotes reconciliation and social harmony.”

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