MFL Year 8 Video’s

During the last week of term while they were isolating at home, 8ab French made videos about their daily routine. Pets and teddy bears star in these amazing videos!


European Languages Day

The MFL Department is proud to announce the winners of three competitions launched to celebrate European Languages Day on 26 September.

Year 9 essay-writing competition The winner is Joseph Hoy who wrote a well-researched, concise and engaging article about the importance of learning a foreign language. You can read the essay in full HERE

Second prize goes to Thomas O’Sullivan and third prize was awarded to Charlie Ambrose.

KS4 Photo competition – Students in Key Stage 4 and 5 were asked to submit a photograph along with a description of the photo in French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. Judges chose winning photos that were engaging and descriptions that were interesting and linguistically accurate. You can see the winning entries HERE

Winners of both competitions have been awarded Amazon shopping vouchers thanks to the generosity of the PFA.

1st Prize – Naleli Nonyane (French – Year 10)

2nd Prize – Lucy Ashcroft (French – Year 11)

3rd Prize – Alana Williams (Italian – Year 11)

Highly commended – Becky Raymond, Nicole Singh, Ceri Thomson and Charlie Beeton

KS3 – Idioms competition – Students in Year 7 and Year 8 were asked to submit an illustrated idiom in a foreign language. We had lots of wonderful entries, and the Year 7 winners were Emil Zych (first prize), Jack Pikavance (second prize) and Ellis Burke (third prize). Year 8 winners were: Aliki Kotsialos (first prize), Jakub Polewczyk (second prize), Cassie Lamb (third prize)

Italian Exchange Visit

15 JOA students visited Regina Mundi school in Milan last week on our first MFL exchange in many years. Students were able to interact in Italian with the families they stayed with and while they were at school, they were involved in various activities from Science experiments to games and a pizza workshop. Students also had the opportunity to visit famous landmarks in Milan, Florence and Venice, were they also experienced the Carnival. An unforgettable time was had by all and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the Italian students during the last week of the Spring term!

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Rome Trip 2015

Eighteen pupils from Year 9 and 10 joined Mr Doyle, Miss Dell’Orto and Miss Edge for the Italian department’s annual trip to Rome. During our trip we walked lots and visited many of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions including St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, the Vatican museums, la Bocca della Verita’, the Roman Forum, Piazza Spagna and il Vittoriano. We enjoyed the opportunity to try out our Italian for real and also managed to eat lots of pizza, pasta and ice cream. Even the constant rain on the first day didn’t dampen our spirits too much!

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Visit To Lille Christmas Market

We had a very successful trip to Lille Christmas Market on December 11th. The students were able to use their language skills to communicate with the vendors and bought all sorts of lovely gifts for their families and friends. Most of them sampled the gauffres and crêpes on offer and managed to steer clear of the gluhvein. They also braved the big wheel and took photos across the city and met the man in red himself. Their behaviour was exemplary and we were proud to be with them. All in all, we had a great day out.