From Paris, to Berlin, to Newcastle: linguists seize every opportunity to practise their skills!

We have recently welcomed back our Year 10 and 12 linguists after an action-packed week in Paris.  Students visited the sights of France’s capital city, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Sacré Cœur and Notre Dame, and enjoyed a boat trip on the Seine and a panoramic view of Paris atop of the Montparnasse tower.  Special language lessons every morning developed the students’ French skills and boosted their confidence in manipulating the language.  “Our knowledge was really tested to the limit, as the teacher spoke only French,” said Year 10 student, Rachel Anderson.  “I learned a great range of new vocabulary and techniques that I couldn’t wait to use when we got back home!”

In late February, seven Year 13 German students travelled to Berlin as part of the exchange programme with the Gustav-Heinemann-Oberschule.  They enjoyed the unique opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the German culture, having to cope without the accompaniment of a teacher, and learned a great deal about German history, with visits to the Reichstag, an ex-Stasi prison and an underground bunker, among many others.  It was a worthwhile and memorable visit for all!

Our Latinists may not have ventured abroad, but stimulation and challenge awaited them on Saturday 9 March at the annual Northumberland and Durham Classical Association Quiz held at Newcastle High School for Girls.  The 23 Emmanuel students who attended were split into teams of three, and had to answer questions about the mythology and history of the classical world while also demonstrating their skill at translating Latin.  All of our College students very much enjoyed meeting others from around the region with an interest in Classics.  The competition was intense but good-natured and our students impressed the judges with their knowledge.  Chloe Chia, Safiya Hossain and Faye Slater (all Year 10) performed particularly well and came runners-up in the Intermediate category.