German Spelling 'B' finalists



On Wednesday 6th July, Mrs Adam took Rosie Lynch and Lucy Skilton, (accompanied by their mums), to Cambridge University for the national final of the Routes into Languages Spelling Bee. Rosie and Lucy won the regional finals at Brighton last term and were two of only thirty pupils from the whole of England who gained places at the final for German.

 The journey to Cambridge proved to be a challenge in itself, with train cancellations and delays. Running through the crowds at Leicester Square tube station was certainly an experience, and by the time the group finally arrived at Homerton College, Cambridge, it felt as if the team had run a marathon! However, Rosie and Lucy took the situation in their stride and both performed admirably at the event. The contestants had to stand up in front of an audience and were given one minute each to translate words from English into German and spell them out using the German alphabet. The words were projected onto a big screen behind them for the audience to see. Both our girls were relaxed and confident in front of the audience and they tackled their spellings with ease. Despite fierce competition, our girls did superbly well, achieving joint 8th place.

 It is a tremendous achievement to reach this position in a national competition and we at the College are very proud of them. It was wonderful to see students from St Mary’s College competing in a national event at such a prestigious occasion and we are delighted that Rosie and Lucy did so well. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for everyone – despite the transport difficulties! Congratulations to Lucy and Rosie and many thanks to their mums for accompanying the trip.