The College became a veritable melting pot of events and activities crossing the imaginary divides between languages, science, music, mathematics, academia, business and sport. Every day engaged boys in a cornucopia of opportunity. During one day for example, boys could make their protest through the creative medium of screen-printing, be transported to Renaissance Italy, learn about the phonetics of ventriloquism or take part in a multi-lingual treasure hunt.
A week such as this would not have been complete without stretching ideas of what language means. Pupils engaged with thought-provoking talks and activities across a wide range of disciplines. Physical challenges included a cycling Tour de Dulwich, a Kung Fu demonstration, a fencing master class in Italian and the Kindergarten and Year 9 formation of the Chinese character for ‘Friend’ – ‘péngyou’ – on the 1st XI outfield that was photographed from the air. Special guests and visiting speakers included Miss Susan Bullock CBE, and journalist and presenter Huw Edwards, who hosted a career-focused Question Time.
There was a sense of linguistic purpose about the College throughout the week, with boys moving from one activity to another and challenging, celebrating and communicating in various ways.