11 May 2020
The Department of Languages and Cultures is pleased to report the results of its 2019 Modern Languages Competitions.

This year we introduced a creative project prize for year 10 and 11 students, in addition to the essay prize for year 12 and 13 students that has run since 2017. The topic for both categories was ‘Learning Languages to Build Bridges’.

We had a fantastic response from schools, with 35 entries for the Essay Prize and 15 students entering the Creative Project Prize. These included entries in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. The academic panel were very impressed with the ability and enthusiasm for languages that was displayed by these submissions.

The following prizes were awarded:

Years 10 and 11:

  • Winner: Emily Edwards, Erin Cowley, Asha Wilson, Sir Johnathan Northern College
  • Runner-up: Charles Maddison, Abingdon School
  • Runner-up: Philip Yanakov, Westminster School

The judges really enjoyed the music and video composition created by Emily Edwards, Erin Cowley and Asha Wilson, and were impressed by their language skills, musical ability and joyful creativity.

Years 12 and 13:

  • Winner: Lizzy Nightingale, Hills Road Sixth Form College, French (pictured on the right)
  • Runner-up: Olivia Walsh, Lymm Sixth Form, Spanish
  • Highly commended: Isabella Hind, Matthew Arnold School, German
  • Highly commended: Virginia Baldan, Westminster School, Italian
  • Highly commended: Nuo Miao, Downe House School, Chinese

Lizzy Nightingale was awarded first place prize in the Essay Prize for her work, which was praised as ‘quite lyrical’ and commended for using complex grammatical structures with an accuracy and ability typical of university-level work.

Runner-up, Olivia Walsh, also had her work highly praised by the judges. Her teacher, Karen Baldwin, commented: “We are really pleased that Olivia was awarded this prize. She is not only a gifted linguist, but a real asset to the languages department at Lymm High School, offering tutorials to Y11 and 10 pupils as well as volunteering for any other MFL events.”

The Department of Languages and Cultures would like to congratulate all of the prize winners for the high quality of their entries and thank all students and teachers for their involvement.