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Vive le français

17th March, 2017

There was a distinctly continental flavour to Lessons 1 and 2 this morning with the theatre ringing to the sounds of the French Elocution Competition finals.

Earlier this term every child from Year 3 to Year 7 practised and performed aloud a poem in French and the best were selected to go forward to today’s finals. The standard was very impressive – not only did the children have to think about pronunciation, intonation and expression, they also recited their poems from memory.

Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mr Nogues, who organised the competition and Mr Webster who adjudicated, were full of praise for the finalists. They commented, “Simply standing up in front of a room full of your peers, members of staff and parents is daunting enough but to then have to speak in a clear, composed voice in a foreign language is a real challenge for anyone, let alone if you are only eight or nine years old!”

Many congratulations to all the participants and in particular to the winners Poppy B (junior), Tom T (middle) and Venetia H (senior).

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