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Double success in languages competition

July 10th, 2020

Two pupils at Monmouth School for Girls have dazzled in a national languages competition.

Sixth Form student, Anna, has won the senior section in the Oxford German Olympiad 2020.

Fourteen-year-old Tabitha, who has just finished Year 9, also shone and was runner-up in the Year 7-9 section.

The recognition of both girls has delighted Mrs Helen Smail, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Monmouth School for Girls.

“We are proud of both girls for their outstanding pieces of work,” she said.

“This is the first time we have had an outright winner in the older age bracket.”

The annual competition is organised by The Oxford German Network, an initiative from the German Department at the University of Oxford.

It aims to promote cross-cultural cooperation between schools, cultural organisations, businesses and policy-makers.

Anna, 17, achieved first place in the second round after producing an outstanding study on the German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Anna narrated her in-depth study in German and brought it to life with her own rendition of some of the composer’s famous pieces.

Earlier this year, Anna scooped a Dresden Scholarship from the British-German Association to experience life in one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.

Tabitha created a first-class poster to explain Klimawandel (climate change).  In her poster, Tabby showcased her creativity and her excellent written German.

Both students will receive with their prizes at a presentation evening at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, in April next year.

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