A group of Morpeth teenagers had a day out to remember after winning a national contest.
The prize for the quintet from King Edward VI School who were successful in the Arsenal Double Club World Cup Competition, run in partnership with the Routes into Languages consortium, was an invitation to a special World Cup Day at the football club’s Emirates Stadium in London.
The winning team was made up of year 10 students Pearson Brown, Thomas Earl, Ryan Hill, Lukas Robinson and Billy Sutherland. Those taking part had to learn Portuguese from scratch and complete six challenges in the language, including a commentary in Portuguese to a football match in which students recreated Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ goal.
Lukas said: “We thought the competition was a great opportunity to learn a new language that schools don’t teach in our area.
“We have started to learn a new language and these skills will help us in our GCSE languages as we know now how a to learn a language effectively. We have enjoyed working together.”
The students who attended the event enjoyed a wide range of activities in a number of languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and had a great start to the day as they were given the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the FA Cup, which Arsenal won last month. The special guest of the day was Sky Sports News presenter Kate Abdo.
Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Co-ordinator and teacher of French and German at KEVI, Victoria Najafi, said: “I am absolutely delighted the boys have been successful in their competition entry.
They have all worked incredibly hard together for months, teaching themselves Portuguese from scratch using the resources provided by Arsenal Double Club with no help from any teachers whatsoever.
“It is a fantastic example of a cross-curricular project, combining football and learning languages.”
Steve Eadon, Arsenal Double Club Languages Co-ordinator, said: “The schools who submitted the best entries were invited to the Emirates Stadium for a unique Double Club World Cup Day, which filled our winning pupils with a real enthusiasm and excitement for multiple languages.”