Successful film earns pupils a wunderbar trip

Two of Morpeth's KEVI students who made a German film-Freddie Bowles and Lydia Wendt. 'REF 2205142950
Two of Morpeth's KEVI students who made a German film-Freddie Bowles and Lydia Wendt. 'REF 2205142950

Silence was golden for a group of Morpeth teenagers as they will receive a prestigious national award.

The King Edward VI School students were the Group Film category winners in this year’s Oxford German Olympiad.

The theme of the competition, run by the University of Oxford German Network, was 1914. Members of KEVI TV combined their knowledge of the German language with their performing and technical skills to produce their first place black-and-white silent film, based on German scientist Fritz Haber inventing a process for manufacturing ammonia on a large scale and how it was used by the authorities when the First World War began.

Pupils played the roles of scientists and people of the period and they included authentic silent film music.

Those involved included Year 13s Freddie Bowles, Calvin Willis and Dominic James, Year 12 student Angus Kirk, Year 10 pupil Amy Scott and Year 9s Alistair McCubbin, Lewis James and Lydia Wendt.

Freddie, who was in charge of editing the video and played Fritz Haber, said: “I knew that with the talent of the KEVI Student Voice members put together, we could make a fantastic video.

“When I heard that we’d won our category, I was really pleased.

“A lot of effort from everyone involved had gone into the entry and it was very rewarding to hear of our success.”

The team is looking forward to the prize-giving, which will take place at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University on June 18.

Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Co-ordinator and teacher of French and German at KEVI, Victoria Najafi, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have won the group film category in this year’s Oxford German Olympiad.

“It is a fantastic example of a cross-curricular project involving our student-led TV channel KEVI TV and German. We had such a lot of fun filming and editing and we are delighted that so many people have enjoyed watching it.”

Routes into Languages North East congratulated the pupils after helping to promote the competition to schools across the region.

The successful KEVI TV entry and the other category winners can be viewed at