Thinking big for languages week

Konnichi ha, hola, goedendag, bula, shalom

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Last updated 11:30 23/08/2012
Jessica Bright
EMMA ALLEN

Going for broke: Jessica Bright, right, and Chloe Cross during a sumo wrestling match at Marlborough Girls’ College yesterday. The first person to get their opponent to touch the ground with anything but their feet wins the match.

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Pupils at Marlborough Girls' College donned sumo kit yesterday in recognition of International Languages Week.

The school is holding a variety of events this week for pupils and staff to promote language and culture.

Blow-up sumo wrestling, French and Chinese movie screenings, a petanque tournament, Pasifika dance performance and a Fear Factor foreign food challenge - rumoured to feature escargot - are some of the activities.

Sumo contenders faced off on the field at lunchtime yesterday and college languages department head Hilary Hunt even had a go after coming up with the idea.

The first person to get their opponent to touch the ground with anything but their feet won the match.

Each match began with a Japanese greeting.

French teacher Miriam McNamara said the school had promoted the languages week for several years, with pupils putting on dance performances and making international food, but the sumo wrestling was a first.

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- The Marlborough Express

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