Pupils mind their language

Morpeth's KEVI School students who have received VOCAB awards-(back row-left to right) Elliott Fairweather, Harvey Johnson, Emily Gray, Lorena Scarpa and (front three-left to right) Charlotte Smith, Angus Kirk and Katherine Langley.
Morpeth's KEVI School students who have received VOCAB awards-(back row-left to right) Elliott Fairweather, Harvey Johnson, Emily Gray, Lorena Scarpa and (front three-left to right) Charlotte Smith, Angus Kirk and Katherine Langley.
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A GROUP of Morpeth students put their foreign language skills to good use in a national competition.

More than 14,000 pupils from 200 secondary schools across the UK and Ireland logged on to learning resource Vocab Express for its 2012 Language Championship.

Among those taking part in the eight-day challenge were King Edward VI School students and they were victorious in the Challenge Cup Piccolo (highest cumulative score) for Italian.

This was largely down to the performance of Lorena Scarpa, who was tenth nationally in the section.

KEVI was placed eighth for Latin, tenth for Urdu, 16th for German and 19th for French.

Lorena said: “For each language, we had a list of words and phrases that we had to translate into English and vice versa. There was a mixture of easy and hard ones.

“I really got into the competition and Vocab Express added an extra category for those high up the leaderboard in each section, which gave me a chance to do even better in Italian.

“It was fantastic to hear we got an overall victory in the subject, I didn’t expect to do that well.”

The school also entered the Genius Cup in Latin and finished in 15th position, with Year 11 student Katherine Langley 24th nationally.

Lorena was narrowly beaten into second place for the best KEVI overall score by fellow Year 9 pupil Emily Gray, mainly thanks to her excellent total in French.

“I took part in the contest because I wanted to challenge myself and Urdu was particularly tough,” said Emily.

“I really enjoyed it and it became quite competitive between me and Lorena towards the end. I even got up early a couple of times to work on some of the tasks before school.”