MFL Languages Week

Published 6 October 2022

What a wonderful week we have had in MFL! Monday 26th September is officially the European Day of Languages and was set up in 2001 to celebrate diversity in European linguistics. Now, in 2022, with all the change and conflict that is going on in the world, we thought it to be of the utmost importance to celebrate cultural diversity and promote the benefits of becoming responsible global citizens. We did not want to limit our celebrations to only include European languages and so we have had events taking place all week to celebrate different languages all over the world.


Our events started the week before with our annual flag competition. This was introduced 3 years ago and has become so popular that this year we had over 200 entries. Students either copy the design of an actual flag or design their own unique flag using images that they associate with a country of their choice.  The flags are put together to make colourful bunting which is displayed in the MFL corridor. During the Open Evening, the prospective Y6 students and their families voted for their favourite flags and we were delighted that it was the Japanese and Korean entries that took first and second place this year. Well done to their creators, Klenam Adgozo (7P1) and Divi Kaler (7P1).


Tutor groups conducted an MFL quiz and there was an MFL treasure hunt where students were able to track down other members of staff who speak other languages outside of the MFL team – we have a varied and talented team of linguists in many areas around the school! The Anthea Bell translation competition has been launched in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin and is run nationally by The Queen’s College Oxford.  There may be a couple of places left – if you are interested please register with Ms Dernley ASAP.

Finally, assemblies were conducted with Y8, 9 and 10 to re-emphasize the importance and relevance of learning a different language. We are delighted to be able to restart our exchanges to Germany and Spain this year after a 3-year disruption due to the pandemic. This is open to students from Y9 upwards who study the languages offered. Letters will be available from this week. It is such a valuable opportunity to be able to put into practice the language skills learnt in the classroom and to gain new friends beyond Newbury. We’re looking forward to being able to help open your eyes to a different way of living and thinking – come and join in the fun!