News Languages Week 17.11.2023

Congratulations to all the students who got Languages Week off to a show-stopping start with a mouth-watering display of cakes and confectionery from our star bakers at the World Bake Off house competition! Our very own Prue and Paul judges (Mrs Corcoran and Mrs Duffet) pontificated – no soggy bottoms here! – and awarded the following prizes:

Best structure
1st – Rex Dshkhunyan – Naidu – Russian cathedral
2nd – Arabella Sharma – Sheppard – Vesuvius
3rd  – anonymous – Naidu – Eiffel Tower

Best decoration
1st – Maddy Simons – Lovelace – vanilla cake and shortbreads
2nd – Ava Welch – Maathai – Union Jack crown cake
3rd – anonymous – Maathai – phone box

Most authentic
1st – Annabel Moody – Naidu – Welsh cakes
2nd – anonymous – Bassi – Anzac biscuits
3rd – anonymous – Lovelace – Paska

With honourable mentions for the ‘most authentic’ category:

  • Lamingtons – Naidu (Emily Chebib)
  • Mille crepes – Naidu
  • Egyptian dessert Lokmit El Kady – Naidu
  • Ma’amoul – Lovelace
  • Scones – Maathai
  • Weckmann – Maathai
  • Nanaimo bar – Sheppard (Emily Corner)
  • Ethiopian cupcakes – Sheppard (Bethel Egnaseyos)
  • German marble cake – Naidu (Lily Hupfauer), Sheppard (Carolina Jacob), Quinn Brown (Anna Freise)
  • Koeksisters – Sheppard
  • Black Forest cake – Maathai (Arabella Sterling-Martin)
  • Medovik – Quinn Brown

Congratulations to Naidu who were our overall winners.

During the week there was a packed programme of activities including Spanish flamenco and South American salsa, Chinese arts and crafts, an Italian carnival workshop, Mandarin karaoke, tai chi, a German and French ‘escape room’; this was in addition to a host of assemblies, conversation clubs, films, quizzes and delicious lunch menus from around the world. As well as improving their language skills, students discovered more about the different cultures and traditions, dress, food, music, and dance of different places around the globe. We were also delighted to welcome back Old Dolphins to talk about the importance of learning languages and the experience of studying language courses at degree level.

Many thanks to Mrs Corcoran and the Modern Languages and Classics teams for putting together this week’s uplifting array of events.