Mr G. Persand, Modern Foreign Languages, writes:
In October, we saw 180 Year 7 students start our annual Routes into Languages French Spelling Bee competition. Over a period of two months, students were given 50 French words to learn, which they then had to memorise and spell in just a minute using the French alphabet! No mean feat!
The top spellers from each house progressed to the whole school competition and were given an additional 50 words to learn! A final competition was then held to find the top four spellers from Year 7. After a tough competition and some excellent performances, the three winners were; Sophie (7B), Zainab (7B) and Ellen (7A).
These three amazing winners went on to compete in the regional final in Peterborough on Wednesday 26th April. They were up against 50 other secondary schools in the East of England. On top of this, they were given an additional 50 words to spell in preparation for this nerve-racking yet very exciting competition!
Once at the venue, the girls found out that they would be going first. Ellen exclaimed in annoyance, “I don’t want to set the bar, I want to beat the bar!”. They fought really hard in the first round and ended up in a crazy tie-break. Despite the extremely tense atmosphere, the Stanborough girls won, securing their place in the semi-finals.
In the semi final, there were eight contestant, three of which were ours. The girls fought valiantly and we couldn’t praise their determination enough. Unfortunately for Sophie and Zainab, their excellent efforts weren’t enough. However, in what is a first for Stanborough School, Ellen won and will now go on to represent Stanborough School at the National Final on Friday 30th June in Cambridge!
We had an amazing day and the MFL faculty are immensely proud of the Stanborough girls, Sophie, Zainab and Ellen. They are without doubt a credit to the school and are to be commended on their hard work, commitment and dedication; they have certainly earned their MFL Faculty Award!
“It was a fantastic experience to compete in such a big event. The venue was massive- almost like a shopping centre! I was really proud of myself and my teammates for getting so far. Well done team!”- Zainab 7B
“It was a very tense and exciting time. We were all shocked at the fact that there was a tie break. No one said anything about a tie break!”- Sophie 7B
“The whole experience was nerve-racking but it was enjoyable and incredibly surprising that we all got so far- even to the semi-finals! I can’t believe I’m going to the nationals and can’t wait to do it again!”- Ellen 7A