Junior Language Challenge champion!
A pupil from Sandroyd School has fought off over 2,400 pupils from across the UK to win the Junior Language Challenge.
Before being crowned Junior Language Challenge Champion, Jeevan had to successfully navigate three stages of the competition, each focused on a different language! The first round saw him successfully completing an online test, which focussed on his knowledge of the French language. His qualifying score won him a place at the Regional Finals in Bristol, where he had to answer questions about the Japanese language. In the National Final, held in Islington, Jeevan and 30 other finalists from across the UK were required to prepare for an assessment of their knowledge of Zulu.
Whilst Jeevan studies French at Sandroyd, the other languages he was required to study were previously completely unknown to him. His win is the result of many hours of study both at home with support from his Mother, and from his tutors at Sandroyd.
“Jeevan’s win in this highly competitive and academically challenging competition is a fitting reward for his diligence, versatility and aptitude for Languages in general,” says Headmaster Alastair Speers. “This is even more impressive given that his revision for Rounds 2 and 3 of the competition had to be undertaken in addition to his school work – as we don’t currently teach Japanese or Zulu at Sandroyd!”
Alastair adds “The fact that Jeevan chose to enter the competition himself, for the challenge of developing his language skills, shows great independence and flair – which is wonderful, as these are key personal traits that we actively encourage in all of our pupils at Sandroyd.”