On Monday 12 September 2016, three Year 6 pupils – Grace Curtis, Ffion Hillman and Aidan Kitching – attended the semi-finals of the Eurotalk Junior Language Challenge at Longwell Green Primary School, following their success in round 1 of the competition.

During round 1, St John’s pupils learned Romanian using fun, interactive games and challenges online. The top four pupils from each competing school then qualified for the semi-finals and were given Korean to learn. At the semi-finals they were tested on their knowledge of Korean with Grace coming 4th, Ffion 6th and Aidan 13th out of 19 competitors. St John’s pupils won a goody bag which included a card that gives them online access to learn their language of choice – a selection of 150 global languages.

St John’s Head of Languages, Aurélie Crathorn, said: “Our pupils gave their very best and showed real talent in languages throughout the competition. While they were disappointed to miss out on places in the final, they are possibly a tiny bit relieved that they don’t have to learn Swahili!”

The Eurotalk Junior Language Challenge is a national competition aimed at giving primary school children the opportunity to learn keys words and phrases in a variety of languages, generally not taught in school. The purpose is not only to give pupils a basic vocabulary in up to three languages but also to broaden their horizons and encourage language learning.