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Queen Katharine Academy pupils win first place in multilingual poetry competition

Two Queen Katharine Academy students have taken home first place in a multilingual poetry competition.
Oscar and Reagan have taken home first prize in a national multilingual poetry competition

Two Year 8 students won this year's Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, which is a multilingual poetry competition started by Manchester Metropolitan University and Routes into Languages North West.

The Mother Tongue part of the competition requires children who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue. They then write a short piece in English to explain the poem’s significance to them.

The Other Tongue part of the competition encourages children learning another language in school to use that language to write a poem.

The academy, which is part of the Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET), entered three students from each year group into the Mother Tongue and Other Tongue parts of the competition.

Oscar and Reagan emerged victorious and won in the Other Tongue part of the competition. Oscar chose to write about cherry trees and Reagan chose to write about his life and future plans. Both poems were celebrated for their creativity, language, and imagination.

Lynn Mayes, principal of Queen Katharine Academy, said: "I am so proud of Oscar and Reagan. They did exceptionally well and despite it being their second language, their knowledge of English is outstanding.

"Their hard work, determination, and commitment has highlighted exactly why we are known as an inclusive centre of educational excellence."

A virtual ceremony took place as part of the Cambridge Festival organised by Routes into Languages.

Oscar and Reagan will each receive a trophy, as well as a certificate and a copy of the anthology.