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Language champions crack the code

29 November 2019

On Friday 22 November, EHS hosted a languages day for Year 10 pupils run by Business Language Champions in association with GCHQ. Pupils from six other schools including Uppingham School, Stafford Grammar and North Birmingham Academy, visited EHS for the day, along with staff from GCHQ, and the pupils were treated to a fascinating talk from GCHQ about how they use languages in their day to day work.  

The pupils had a language taster session in either Arabic, Korean or Mandarin and took part in various language challenges in groups of six. These included giving a presentation in either French or German in front of a panel of judges, doing a code-breaking activity and inventing a board game linked to the work of GCHQ also in either French or German. 

The girls all had a wonderful day and were challenged to step outside their comfort zone by the different activities. The two EHS teams both worked extremely hard on their challenges and came up with some original and inventive ideas. We were delighted when, at the end of the day, it was announced that our French team had won overall. The girls were awarded some fantastic prizes, including a GCHQ puzzle book signed by the director of GCHQ and a trip to Bletchley Park. 

I would like to offer my congratulations to all our Year 10 pupils who took part in the day and who joined in with everything that was thrown at them with such enthusiasm!

Mrs Cardellino
Head of MFL

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