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Expanding horizons for Sudbury pupils

GRAMMAR, WE LOVE YOU: From left, Isaac Stringer, Alice Thackeray, languages teacher Jenny Turner, Dominic Parsons, and Isobella Spencer from Ormiston Sudbury Academy.

GRAMMAR, WE LOVE YOU: From left, Isaac Stringer, Alice Thackeray, languages teacher Jenny Turner, Dominic Parsons, and Isobella Spencer from Ormiston Sudbury Academy.

PUPILS who love languages and crave culture have been given the chance to get involved in a new challenge aimed at inspiring their learning.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy launched its language challenge last week. It involves pupils completing tasks from across eight categories in a bid to earn a total of 100 points.

Pupils can choose to perform songs, write film reviews, tell jokes or create a blog in a language and on a subject of their choice to fulfil the tasks.

Jenny Turner, who teaches languages, said: “We are offering it to everybody in the school, those who do languages but, if for instance you have a burning desire to learn Chinese or something, you can use this to learn about their culture too.

“For those studying French and German, it’s a great opportunity to explore some things more than they have the chance to normally.”

Isobella Spencer, who is in Year 8, has started an online blog featuring videos of her speaking French as one of the tasks.

“It is a great way for me to learn more about France,” she said, while Liam Taylor, also in Year 8, added: “My aunt lives in Spain and so she can help me to understand Spanish.”

Two weeks ago, Anne Poulsen and Anne Foverskov, from Endrupskolen in Fredensborg, spent two days meeting colleagues and students in Sudbury and have invited new headteacher Caroline Wilson to make a return visit to Denmark.

On Wednesday, the school celebrated the European Day of Languages, which involved lessons being taught in foreign languages and pupils encouraged to use language skills.

Around 50 pupils from across the school have already signed up for e-pals in Sudbury’s twin towns of Höxter in Germany and Fredensborg in Denmark, as well as Bourg-en-Bresse in France, where former pupil Tracy Bugaud, formerly of Great Waldingfield, now teaches.

Suzanne Culshaw, head of communications at the school, explained: “The idea is to start a collaboration with these schools through working across the classrooms.” She added that the school hoped to run exchange visits in the future.

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