Modern Languages Debating Success

Academic

Sixth Form linguists have excelled in Modern Languages debating competitions this term.

Matthieu Hildreth and James Smith competed against teams from sixteen schools to win the South London Spanish debating competition. The boys progressed to the final after debating on topics ranging from the refugee crisis to the protection of the Amazon rainforest. Matthieu and James displayed superb agility of thought and exceptional Spanish to win the final and a place on a language course in the Spanish city of Salamanca.

Lower Sixth pupil Corey Hamilton-Lane excelled in the British Council’s Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition. Pupils from 43 UK secondary schools competed in the final round of the competition and Corey was presented with a plaque after delivering a confident and assured presentation.

Francophiles Alex Fagan and Max Matthews enjoyed success at the Central London French Debating contest. The team progressed to La Petite Final after winning their opening debates in convincing fashion.

Congratulations are due too to our Lower Sixth Germanists who are through to the semi-final of the Goethe-Institut German Debating competition following success against Exeter School in the previous round where they debated against the motion local public transport in Europe should be free to use in future. Jay Kim, Ned Bloom, Vlad Penzyev and Nick Thomas will compete in the next round of the competition after half term.

Head of Modern Languages, Mr Fred Chaveneau, congratulated the Sixth Form linguists on their debating prowess:

Congratulations to all involved! We must never forget how much courage it takes for pupils to compete in any public debating competition let alone one which is in a different language. Public speaking is a skill that Hampton Modern Languages pupils develop from First Year and these results are testament to the talent and hard work of our linguists and their teachers.