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Politicians vote for new Jèrriais teacher

Jèrriais band Badlabecques help to teach children the local language

Politicians in Jersey have just voted to employ a dedicated Jèrriais teacher in the island, to support the local language.

The proposition, made by Deputy Montfort Tadier, was passed with no opposition at all.

It will cost £30,000 a year and it's thought that money will come from the education budget.

The move is part of the Medium Term Financial Plan, the States' financial budget for the next three years, which is being debated this week.

Jèrriais teacher wanted

Jèrriais band Badlabecques help to teach children the local language

Jersey States are advertising for a Jèrriais teacher to live and teach in the island.

They'll be required to teach the island's native language and describe it as 'a unique challenge'.

Specifically they want 'enthusiastic teachers with a love of languages' to join Office du Jèrriais.

It's a permanent full time position lasting five years.

Applications are open online.

Plans to teach Jersey French in schools

Jersey's Education Minister has confirmed the department are looking at training a handful of the island's language teachers in Jèrriais.

Jersey French would then be taught in schools and become 'built into the education system'.

Deputy Rod Bryans has been liaising with teachers in the Isle Man who have introduced similar measures to preserve and re-energise the Manx native language.

The plans have yet to be finalised but the department have ear marked Autumn 2016 to begin lessons.

Initially Education say they will be looking for around six teachers to volunteer to learn the dialect.

Primary school children gear up for Games choir

With 100 days to go, rehearsals are now well underway for the choir of 60 children performing at the NatWest Island Games opening ceremony on 27th June.

Two children from every primary school on the island will be in the group, which will be known as The Jersey Youth Choir. The 8 to 11-year-olds will sing Beautiful Jersey, along with other tunes, in both Jèrriais and English.

It is wonderful to be working with such an enthusiastic and diverse group. We are only in our second week of preparations, but already we have identified some fine voices and the youngsters are starting to bond into a cohesive choir.

– Dr Graham Cox, Head of Jersey Music Service
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