Kumusta! Week 9- Tagalog

This week we are learning Tagalog. Tagalog is one of the 120+ languages spoken in The Philippines. Tagalog is spoken by not less than 26 million people in The Philippines alone.  At Holy Family, we have over 35 students who speak Tagalog. Other Filipino students at our school speak Cebuano/Visayan and Ilokano. We’ll look at those languages later.


Here are some of our students speaking Tagalog.

Ishi, yr 2

Roan Vadda Librea, yr 7

Ishi greeting us

Chelo Rivera, Kiara Baniqued and Roan Librea in a Tagalog conversation


Marhaban- Let’s learn Arabic

This week’s focus is Arabic. Arabic is spoken in 22 countries by over 200 million people. As a liturgical language is used by 1 billion people!

Arabic is not just one language! There is the Liturgical Arabic which all Muslims should know because is the language used in the Qur’an.  Then, there’s the Modern Arabic used in writing that many Arabs know. The Egyptian Arabic is the most widely spoken because there are 80 million of them and because they lead in terms of music and media in general.And then, there is a variety of dialects spoken across the 22 country and 2 continents.

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 2.55.44 pm



Here are some of our students who speak Arabic:

Jasmine and Jibran Zebian

Jasmine and Jibran jpg

Karlos Bou Karroum


Lilian Chehayeb



Lynn Hassan

Lynn Hassan R


Omid and Amin HussaniOmid and Amin

Lara and Olivia Richani

Jad Jamarkani


Feryal Faizan


Mrs Rita Giannakakis








Week 7 Gujarati


In week 7, we learnt about Gujarati and the beautiful state of Gujarat. We learnt about the beautiful temples, great food and dance and about the prevalence of the name Patel.

gujarati map



guj dance





Here are some of our Gujarati speakers:

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.47.03 pm

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.42.49 pm

Kudual- Hello in Dinka

Week 6’s language of the week was Dinka. Dinka is spoken in Southern Sudan along with other languages.


Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 3.02.04 pm EthiopiaWhere+Water+for+South+Sudan+Drills

At Holy Family,  we are lucky to have a number of Dinka speakers.


Matthew and Ayok Mel

IMG_0112 copy

Tina Deng




Nguet Deng



Emmanuel Deng



Anyuat, Atong, Awur and Akur Deng.


Also, Francis Deng and Deng Maliul.

Diary of a ….

What’s happening in R/1 CM and R/1 MC ?

The students have been writing their own diary books based on the text “Diary of a Wombat” by Jackie French


Open the link below to see  Tauya’s creation ! Great imagination everyone! Well done!


Mr Wallace