Last Monday there was a double visit made by Bath Rugby, with South African international Michael Claassens and Samoan rugby world cup star Anthony Perenise visiting students in the languages faculty. Michael worked with a large group of year 10 and 11 students who will soon be visiting South Africa as part of the schools link with Malmesbury,South Africa. Michael taught the students some basic Afrikaans and ensured that they were able to be fed and watered whilst there. He really enjoyed the visit adding: “It was nice to see some students so enthusiastic about their visit and they had lots of questions about the language”.
At the same time as the Afrikaans lesson there were the distant sounds of the haka. Samoan Anthony Perenise was teaching some keen linguist the intricacies of the south pacific language and the war dance he performs before every international. He explained to the students about his home islands and the differences in culture between Samoaand the West Country. Students also learnt the Samoan 1-10 and some basic conversational starters. It was an amazing opportunity for students to learn about a culture that is so different to their own and they are now proficient in how to greet a Samoan warrior on the rugby field!!
Brett Jouny, Head of Languages at Malmesbury School