Success for our linguists

Hampton’s Modern Languages pupils have been celebrating a run of major achievements. Sixth Formers Rohan Bhatia and Caspar Paton displayed exceptional linguistic and oratorical skills to win the final of the Central London French Debating contest, against teams from City of London School and St Paul’s School. During four hours of eloquent and convincing argument, the boys command of the target language highly impressed the judges winning the Hamptonians a place in the national finals, which will take place at the Institut Français, in Central London.

Meanwhile, Fifth Year pupil Alfie Brazier reached the final of the British Council’s Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition, which was held at the British Museum. Alfie was presented with a plaque after delivering a confident and assured presentation.

The linguistic prowess of Spanish pupils has also been recognised. Upper Sixth Formers, Aarun Samra, Rohan Bhatia, Will Hayes and Sam Millward, took part in the South London Spanish Debating Competition with Aaarun and Rohan making it through to the finals against Christ’s Hospital School. Despite an exceptional performance, victory evaded Hampton on this occasion but the boys have won a place on a language course in Spain in the summer holidays.

Head of Modern Languages, Mr Frederic Chaveneau congratulated all the boys:

The French, Spanish and Mandarin language pupils demonstrated a remarkable grasp and understanding of their target language. To be able to debate at such a high standard requires immense skill and confidence, but also detailed knowledge and a huge amount of hard work and dedication. The boys should be very proud of their performances.

Many thanks