On Tuesday 25th June, a team of talented French pupils from Year 9 attended the Flying High Business Language Champions event at RAF Cosford. The aim of the day was to put languages into context within the world of work and the wider world, and the RAF provided the ideal opportunity to explore the vast range of opportunities that are on offer.

12 teams were present, representing schools from across the midlands, all using either French, German or Spanish to complete a number of challenges during the day. Designing and creating a scale model of an innovative parachute, of course tested with an egg, writing a desert survival guide, a team building activity involving blindfolds, and a Russian taster session, all whilst being observed by RAF staff and event organisers. Pupils also spent time finding out about roles in the RAF which require or promote the acquisition of foreign languages; a tornado navigator, a submarine tracker, an RAF linguist, a community liaison officer and a trainee engineer. 

The team and staff were absolutely thrilled to be crowned winners and will attend a 24 hour RAF experience during the Autumn term 2019. Pupils also received a goodie bag and an Amazon voucher, and of course, a French badge and mini trophies during worship assembly on returning to school. Strengths identified by judges throughout the day included the outstanding behaviour and manners of S. Peter’s pupils, the reasoning behind their choice of survival kit and the innovative approach of using recycled and low cost materials to create their parachute. Evie commented, on behalf of the group, that “it was a brilliant, memorable day, and we’re all really proud of ourselves and each other. We were well out of our comfort zone but completed every task to the best of our ability’’.

We are extremely proud of the pupils’ achievement which is due to their excellent motivation and commitment to French, and their overall attitude to learning. It also reflects well on the language-learning opportunities offered at S. Peter’s where Spanish, French and German are all on offer up to A level.

In winners photo (from left):

Head of Modern Languages H Wheatcroft, Libby Yeomans, Harry Sixsmith, Olivia Porter, Aimee Nicklin, Lily-May Marston, Evie Hardwick