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Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Out of 8,500 pupils that took part in the North West heats of the French Spelling Bee, from 73 different schools spanning Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, Year 7 pupils Nathan Ashley and Matthew Elmes achieved second and third places respectively today, gaining places in the National Final at Cambridge University in July!
The boys, along with Aamir Mogra and Andy Garcia-Cox, beat off stiff competition in the school heats of the Boys’ Division battles, to make it to the Regional Finals held at Manchester Metropolitan University. They have been practising each week, receiving in-house training from Spelling Bee veterans Sam Warburton and Thomas Paterson from Year 8.
They enjoyed an afternoon with qualifiers from the Girls’ Division, receiving languages goodie bags and a motivational speech from Dr Sharon Handley, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Law and Social Science at MMU. She stressed the importance of languages to promote cultural awareness, improve career prospects and enrich lives and congratulated them on their dedication to their studies.
The boys will all travel to Cambridge in July to compete in the National Final of the competition. Félicitations à tous!
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