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Boys Meet with National Success in French Spelling Bee

Thursday, 09 July 2015

Having enjoyed regional success, four Year 7 boys from Bolton School Boys' Division travelled down to Cambridge to take part in the National French Spelling Bee. Year 7 pupil, Amir Chuahan, takes up the story:

"The visit to Cambridge was amazing. Charlie Griffiths, Jamal Hameed, Jack Danson and I travelled down to Cambridge on Thursday with Miss Sullivan and Mr Robson to settle in after a long journey from Bolton!

We had all represented our school in the Regional Finals in March and I came in the top four on that day.The highlight of the trip was the punt on the River Cam on Thursday evening. We learnt a lot about the history of the colleges and we were able to see the large buildings tower over us. We also ate out at a French bistro and sampled some Reblochon, Steak-Frites and Pissaladières - délicieux!

Before the competition on Friday afternoon we visited the Museum of Computing History where we were transported back to the past. We tried out an Oculus Rift, did some programming and played games like ‘Pong’, invented in 1972. This was good relaxation before the competition!

At the Anglia Ruskin University I battled it out against the final 36 competitors who also made the top four in their Regional Heats. An incredible 75,000 pupils took part in the school phase of the competition, so I felt proud to get to the final stage. I had to spell as many French words as possible using the French alphabet in 60 seconds and I managed 21 words! The winning score was 25 - so unfortunately I wasn't able to win this time, but I did gain 9th place for my French spelling in the UK. The trip was outstanding - a truly unforgettable experience."

It is the third year in a row that the Boys' Division has made it to the national finals.

Languages is a thriving department at Bolton School and boys study French, German, Russian and Spanish; they can also study Latin and Greek at GCSE level and beyond.

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The boys ahead of their performance in the national final

The boys ahead of their performance in the national final

Relaxing in Cambridge with a well-earned ice cream

The boys enjoyed a visit to a French bistro before the event