The show highlights how bilingualism, multilingualism and home languages are tremendous resources in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
By Jonathan Lambert
Published March 04, 2013
Students and teachers in a dual-language program at Prince Philip Elementary School in Hamilton shared an impressive bilingual performance during the program's open house event on Saturday, March 2.
Performers in the show were absolute superstars. First, young children sang songs in Chinese Mandarin and English. Later, there was fantastic dancing, short skits, costumes, masks, comedy, cooperation and then more music.
In addition to these arts, students shared remarkable compositions. A young student talked about the underground railroad, slavery and freedom. Another composition addressed racism and pointed towards overcoming discrimination.
Near the show's grande finale, a student composition commemorated the Chinese workers employed in the construction of the trans-Canada railway during the 1880s.
Students in the show were between the ages of five and eleven.
Since so many people were in the show's audience in the school gymnasium, more chairs had to brought into the room in order to accommodate everyone.
After the open house performance, there were refreshments and healthy snacks in the school's hallway while students, teachers and families enjoyed conversation mixing English, Chinese Mandarin and additional languages.
The occasion highlights how bilingualism, multilingualism and home languages are tremendous resources in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, resources which can be fostered and celebrated in educational spaces sharing support for the achievement of all students.
Prince Philip Elementary is a component of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
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