Berkhamsted Group | 04.07.2017

Update: Talent and hard work translates to success for language students.

Update: Talent and hard work translates to success for language students.

Update 4th July – Millie Wins Silver. 

Millie Headley has won the silver medal at National MFL Translation Bee Final (Spanish). Over 16,000 UK pupils entered the competition. 

Original Story – June 2017

Four Berkhamsted pupils have competed in the Year 8 Foreign Language Translation Bee Regional Finals.

Finn Graham and Hugo Lindsey (French) and Millie Headley and Ela Chawla (Spanish) were required to translate sentences from English to a foreign language in three tenses.  In just 60 seconds, it was a race against the clock to deliver the challenging translations.

At the Regionals, they were already placed in the top 100 out of over 8,000 who originally entered. Millie Headley excelled herself to win the gold medal and will represent the School at Nationals in July.

MFL teacher Beth Leonard said “This is the first year Berkhamsted have fielded a team, and we are delighted with the pupils’ performances in Peterborough for the Year 8 MFL Translation Bee.

“It was a perfect opportunity for the pupils to live the school values including ‘aim high with integrity’ and ‘be adventurous.’ One parent reported their child really enjoyed the experience especially as it was their first opportunity to represent the school.” 

The Translation Bee is a national competition organised by Routes into Languages – a government-funded project to inspire students across the country to learn languages in schools, colleges and universities.

Earlier this year, Year 7 pupils took part in the equivalent competition for younger pupils – The Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2017.

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