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European Day of Languages Competition 2017 – The winners

This year’s European Day of Languages Competition for schools and colleges organised by Network for Languages and Association for Languages North East celebrated Dr Martin Luther King JR and his legacy. Students across the country – and in fact across the world – submitted entries exploring their thoughts on the topic ‘I have a dream ...’

The announcement of the results follows on from last week’s celebrations at Newcastle University marking the 50th anniversary of Dr King Jr receiving an honorary degree. The judges are delighted that over 2,000 entries were received and would like to thank all pupils, teachers and school leaders for their support. One of the school’s entries was accompanied by a letter stating ‘As a mixed comprehensive school we have entries ranging from Year 7 to Year 10. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to use their home languages which they rarely do at school.’

Selecting winners was a tough task for the judges due to the high quality of work, the creativity and the diversity of approaches that students adopted in their unique responses to the call.

Thanks to our generous sponsors (ALLNE, BiblioBook, Sanako, Europe Direct North East England, Crossroads Languages, Newcastle University Language Resource Centre and the North Leadership Centre, Network for Languages) it was possible to celebrate these achievements with additional prizes. Winners and recipients of commendation will receive a certificate in the post in due course. We are already looking forward to receiving schools’ entries for the European Day of Languages competition 2018. In the meantime, we hope that winning schools will mark these successes in one of their celebration assemblies running up to Christmas. The winners of the 2017 European Day of Languages Competition prizes are:

Category 6th form



Alfoncina Matungamire

Jack Hunt School (Peterborough)

Sara Faraj Dellipiani

Felsted School (Felsted)


Category Key Stage 4




Royal Grammar School (Newcastle)

Alisha Khan

Plumstead Manor School (London)

Emily Butroid

The Duchess's Community High School (Alnwick) 

Carrie Whittaker

Northampton High School (Northampton)

Emma Myers

Northampton High School (Northampton)

Nina Arhainx

Northampton High School (Northampton)

Jasleen Garcha

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls (Birmingham)


Category Key Stage 3



Niamh Rooney

Holy Cross Catholic High School (Chorley)

Katinka Michell-Thomson

St Paul's Girls' School (London)

Nida Naseer

Egglescliffe School (Eaglescliffe)

Elizabeth Dallozzo

St Helen and Katherine (Abingdon)

Nianh McArdle

Northampton High School (Northampton)


Category Primary



Isabella Hutchinson

The Abbey School (Woodbridge)

Anna Nevolina

Braeside Senior School (Buckhurst Hill)

Freya Tate

St Gregory's Primary School (South Shields)

Julia Blazejowska

Adelaide Primary School (Hull)

Victoria Grace Shay

Adelaide Primary School (Hull)

Fleurissa E Forrest

St James' Church of England Primary School (Wetherby)

Lily Nilki

Northampton High School (Northampton)





Kushal Chattopadhyay

Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, CA)

Florence Gundle

Northampton High School (Northampton)

Sara Leitert

Braeside Senior School (Backhurst Hill)

Kit Morley-Jacob

Felsted School (Felsted)

Gurpreet Sidhu

Sandwell Academy (Bromwich)

Abi Kok

Benfield School (Newcastle)

Congratulations on behalf of the judging panel!

Steven Fawkes, Chair, Association for Language Learning NE 

René Koglbauer, Director of Network for Languages, Executive Director Newcastle University North Leadership Centre

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published on: 22 November 2017