Un-BEE-lievable performance at the National Final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee

For Meva Galimli and Kayan Ranina from year 7, the journey to the National Final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee on July 1st started way The standard was extremely high and once again, our students did us proud. Kayan managed a magnificent 14 in one minute. Meva was once again in a tie-breaker and came 5th out of all the French students scoring an awesome 18 in a minute. Whilst neither walked away with a trophy today, they were in the last 100 out of 30,500 original participants and so were already winners before they even started the competition today. The MFL department is so proud of their resilience and dedication to their language learning. They are talented linguists and we look forward to more outstanding work from them in the futureback in September when, along with most year 7 students, they were asked to learn 50 words and be able to translate and spell as many as possible of them in one minute

From January, the training intensified, and the pair formed part of a group of around 12 of the best performing students, now with 100 words in their armoury, practising every Monday and competing with each other to reach the regional final.

In March, Meva, Kayan and Bella Loasby represented CCS in Oakham, having learnt 150 words. All three performed excellently. Bella was just pipped at the post with a score that would have seen her through last year and Meva had to fight it out in a tie-breaker but both she and Kayan made it through to the National Final which they started preparing for straight away, every Monday and at home, now with 200 words

 

In March, Meva, Kayan and Bella Loasby represented CCS in Oakham, having learnt 150 words. All three performed excellently. Bella was just pipped at the post with a score that would have seen her through last year and Meva had to fight it out in a tie-breaker but both she and Kay an made it through to the National Final which they started preparing for straight away, every Monday and at home, now with 200 words

So today, July 1st, saw the duo heading to Cambridge University along with another 90 or so students from across the country. Kayan headed to Lecture Theatre 2 (German) and Meva to Lecture Theatre 1 (French) but both had to stand at the front of the room facing an audience of around 60 people and for one intense minute, translate and spell as many words as possible as they were called out in English

The standard was extremely high and once again, our students did us proud. Kayan managed a magnificent 14 in one minute. Meva was once again in a tie-breaker and came 5th out of all the French students scoring an awesome 18 in a minute. Whilst neither walked away with a trophy today, they were in the last 100 out of 30,500 original participants and so were already winners before they even started the competition today. The MFL department is so proud of their resilience and dedication to their language learning. They are talented linguists and we look forward to more outstanding work from them in the future