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Students buzzing about foreign language spelling bee

Published on 21/03/17

Three students from Jane Austen College have won places in the regional finals of a national competition in foreign language spelling.

Year 7 students Poppy Webb-Dickson and Grace Tuma (pictured), and Kyla Seaman took the top three places in the school’s heats for the Foreign Language Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the most words in French or Spanish within one minute.

They now have to learn 150 words for the regional finals, held in Peterborough on April 26, where they will compete against students from across East Anglia.

The regional winners will bag a place in the national finals, to be held in Cambridge in the summer.

Jamie Turner, languages teacher at Jane Austen College, said: “All our Year 7 students worked tremendously hard to compete against each other and against rival classes for a place in the regional finals.

“We hope that this inspires our generation of talented young linguists to pursue languages in the future.

“We wish Poppy, Grace, and Kyla the very best of luck at the regional finals.”