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Sark Pupils to embrace native language at Eisteddfod

Sark Pupils to embrace native language at Eisteddfod

Monday 08 November 2021

Sark Pupils to embrace native language at Eisteddfod


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The Eisteddfod Guernesiais section begins this week with a group of children from Sark School who have been learning their island’s language, Sercquais.

The pupils have been working with a PhD student from the Czech Republic, Martin Neudorfl, who has been visiting Sark for the past four years to discover more about its history.

The performance will be at the Frossard Theatre at Candie Gardens, starting at 10:30 on Friday 12 November. Entry is free of charge. 

This is the second time that the school have come to Guernsey to showcase their heritage language skills, in the class designed for entrants from other islands. 

Joy Liggett, the Executive Officer for Guernesiais, said: “We are thrilled that Sark School are opening the performances of the Norman French language this weekend and that they show such ongoing commitment to learning Sercquais.” 

Performances of songs, poems, and readings by adults will be held the following day, Saturday 13 November at Shiloh Main Hall, Les Landes du Marché, Vale, starting at 14:00. Roy Sarre, B.E.M is the adjudicator. 

Home made gâche and light refreshments will be served during the afternoon. The audience will be given a synopsis in English, prior to all the classes, which assists in understanding the performances in Guernsey Norman- French. Entry to this session is £2.00.

Pictured top: Some of the Sark School children who have been learning their island’s language, Sercquais.

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