Language of success

The third Grove Language Project to be organised by Optima Training took place on Friday 4th November at Newark Beacon Innovation Centre.

Sixty year 8 pupils had worked hard to produce presentations aiming to sell the importance of learning a language. The panel of judges, including Paul Hughes and Gerry Cepelak from the RAF, were impressed by the work that some of the teams had done in such a short space of time (the teams only have four weeks to develop their presentations).

There were some nerves and a few incidents of forgotten lines but Flight Sergeant Paul Hughes and Navigator Gerry Cepelak put everyone at ease with their humorous but stark stories about how they have used their language skills to full effect during their careers.

One of the judges, Rose Millington of PrimarySite, said of the students work:

“It was fascinating to see the youngsters approach the project in such varied and creative ways. From wearing costume, to quizzes, from playing videos, to speaking in their foreign language of choice, each group presented their pitch in different ways. One thing I was particularly impressed with was their confidence. Despite a few mistakes, no-one let their nerves get the better of them, and for that alone they should feel very proud.”

The overall winner was Two Translations. The team, which consisted of Rebecca Beeching, Beth Walls, Jade Leo and Rhoda Roberts, had obviously put a lot of effort into their project, creating a brand, mission statement and the T-Shirt.

The winning team, Two Translations, accepting thier awards from the panel of judges

Aimed at the primary education market, they chose to talk about Polish. They argued that it should be added as a third language to the curriculum to allow local students to communicate with visitors from all three of the towns to which Newark is twinned: Emmendingen in Germany, St. Cyr-sur-Loire in France and Sandomierz in Poland.

Two Translations were presented with plaques from Newark Twining Association and will present their winning presentation to over 100 local business people at Newark Business Club on Friday 9th December.

We would like to thank the following for their generous time and support:

In addition to Optima Training, the third Grove Language Project was sponsored by The Newark Beacon Innovation Centre and Newark Twinning Association and we thank them for the support that made the project possible.