English Day - April 2023 -
On April 21st we had our first English Day of the year. As always, on English Days students and teachers at our school are encouraged to use as much English as possible during the day to help improve their everyday English use. In addition, the morning service is held in English and is given by one of the native teachers.
As it was my time to speak in the morning service, I decided to talk a little about my spring holiday and something I noticed when I visited London.
In London, there are blue plaques on the sides of over 900 buildings. These plaques are displayed to show that someone famous lived at the house or something noteworthy happened there. The plaques commemorate famous people from sports players to musicians and scientists to religious leaders. Some of the famous people who have plaques include Ghandi, Sigmund and Anna Freud, Van Gogh and Hendel. There are also plaques in different colours in cities outside of London. For example, John Newton who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace has a black plaque in Liverpool where he worked.
While many famous people have plaques, there are also plaques for people who are not so famous. One of them is Philip Noel-Blake who was a British sports man who became a politician. Noel-Blake won the Noble Prize for Peace in 1956 for his campaigns for reduce the number of weapons in the world. While there are many important plaques in London, I think that in these difficult times, his is one of the most important.