Pupils show off their French flair

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

AN AN­NUAL speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted 23 schools to St Mary’s School in Ger­rards Cross on Thurs­day March 10.

The French verse speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion for lo­cal schools is said to not only foster a love of learn­ing new lan­guages, but also pro­motes in­valu­able life skills.

Mrs Stu­art-Lee, prep depart­ment French teacher, who or­gan­ised the event, said: “We were thrilled to wel­come so many en­thu­si­as­tic chil­dren to the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Fos­ter­ing a love of learn­ing new lan­guages at such a young age is a key means of de­vel­op­ing, not only the ob­vi­ous lan­guage skill and aware­ness of dif­fer­ent cul­tures, but also of pro­mot­ing lat­eral thought and fo­cus, which are in­valu­able life skills.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is a valu­able op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to rise to the chal­lenge of learn­ing a poem in French and recit­ing it in front of a large au­di­ence.”

Or­gan­is­ers said the event was a huge suc­cess and was en­joyed by par­tic­i­pants and spectators alike with the crois­sants and coffee and prizes for the win­ners.

Pupils Mahima, Madeleine, Sim­ran, Re­haani and Reneh with teach­ers Mrs Stu­art-Lee, Mrs Gib­son and Mrs Cannon

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