Cape Cod Academy Celebrates World Language Week

The School Honors Its Vibrant International Student Program

Martha Popoloski, Communications

April 3, 2018…Last week, Cape Cod Academy (CCA) celebrated World Language Week.  The entire school community, including students in kindergarten to grade 12, enjoyed a variety of international activities, food, and educational experiences that raise awareness of and honor the dozens of international cultures represented in the CCA community.

A highlight of the week was the International Potluck Luncheon open to all students and parents.  This popular event was started in 2015 by Paloma McLardy, CCA’s soon-to-be retiring Lower School Spanish teacher.  Students, parents, and faculty contribute dishes that represent their own background and culture or cultures whose languages or traditions the students have studied.

The school embraces and celebrates the strength and richness of its community derived from its diversity of culture and ethnicity.  The long-time international flavor of the CCA community is evident and represented by the flags hanging in Davis Commons, a popular meeting area within the school.  The 19 (+) national flags hanging in Davis Commons represent the citizenship or dual-citizenship of CCA students and recent alumni.

CCA is proud of its vibrant International Student Program.  Over the past few years, students from China, Haiti, Lebanon, Iceland, Brazil, and Russia have been part of the school community.  The international students contribute significantly to excellence in education and bring a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and languages that enhance the school experience for all students.

“We have seen that immigrant families and visiting doctors, academics, and scientists have prioritized education for their children when they have come to the Cape,” said Tom Trigg, Head of School.  “We are proud that they have so often chosen Cape Cod Academy.”

To help students develop cross-cultural skills that are essential to success in college and professional life, CCA created a required mini-course that explores social, political, and even educational assumptions and norms in the US and other cultures.

CCA is pleased to teach the benefits of studying various languages and cultures.  The school strives to promote and highlight the importance of new languages, international experiences, and exposure to different cultures.

Photos:  International Potluck Luncheon celebrated at CCA during World Language Week.

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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