Over 2000 pupils across the country took part in the Junior Language Challenge and learned French in the first round. Four Blue Coat children successfully qualified for the semi final where they had to learn Japanese. On Thursday 14th September, Caitlin, Narayan, Henry and Lemuel travelled to Fairfield School in Loughborough with Mr Wurr to take part.

Narayan and Lemuel went first and attempted a variety of iPad based activities to test their understanding of Japanese. Colours, countries, times, phrases and body parts were just some of the topics on offer. Then Caitlin and Henry had their turn at scoring points in the quickest time possible. The scores were shown on a big screen and it was fantastic that Caitlin had achieved well enough to make the second round. Only thirty children qualified for the semi final so all four of our representatives did incredibly well to get this far.

In the second round the questions were harder but Caitlin managed to finish eighth overall, a fantastic achievement. The top three qualified for the National Final in London during October and will have to learn Zulu – Caitlin was slightly relieved to have escaped this challenge!

All four pupils performed brilliantly and we are very proud of them. Caitlin, Lemuel and Henry will still be young enough to take part next year and will benefit from their experience this year. We look forward to following the success of our budding language enthusiasts in the future.