Modern Foreign Languages

Last week a group of Year 9 French and Spanish students participated in the National Language Competition organised by GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies.


The competition aimed to inspire language learning in schools from around the UK. Over the course of five days, students worked in teams of four to score points by tackling a variety of fun, language-themed challenges hosted on an online platform. The event saw students decoding words and phrases involving lesser known languages and even some made up languages! The challenges really got the students thinking and were very tough but they enjoyed the experience. Team “Great kind barnacle” with Talliah, Jaden, Anusha and Umut scored the highest within St Mary’s …congratulations!!