FrancoFest Competition 2018

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Academy Team Beats 30 schools to come top in QUB’s Prestigious FrancoFest 2018

Triumphant Year 10 Francophiles Laura-Kate, Abigail, Charlotte and Callum fine-tuned not only their French language skills but their entrepreneurial and creative flair as they devised the winning stall for QUB’s simulated French Trade Fair at the Whitla Hall this week.

FrancoFest 2018 attracted 31 entries from schools across the province and Mrs Macartney’s team representing Bangor Academy was delighted to be declared Overall Winners at this prestigious competition run by Queen’s University Belfast and NICILT (Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching & Research). 

The team passed the rigorous judging procedure with panache- a process which involved four judging sessions. They impressed the judges as they role-played being French stall owners promoting their delicious French delicacies to the judges - all in French with some poetry for yet more cultural enrichment. The decision to make them overall winners was down to ‘going the extra mile’ which they certainly did!

The event aimed to boost confidence and motivation to learn French and highlighted in a very practical way how useful a foreign language is. The pupils were awarded the top prize out of a total 31 school entries by guest Speaker, Benoit Le Devedec  (Director of Cultural and Educational Projects at the French Institute, London) and Ian Collen (PGCE Modern Languages Lecturer at QUB). 

Ruth Macartney, Modern Languages teacher at the Academy said:

“ I am so proud of these pupils. They worked so enthusiastically as a team. I think what won us the competition was the ‘wow’ factor in our Marcel Marceau’s famous character ‘Bip’, played by Callum Clarke as he acted out our adaptation of Jacques  Prévert’s famous poem  Déjeuner Du Matin  recited by the Bard of Bangor Academy, Laura-Kate Lattimer, while Abigail and Charlotte tempted the judges with our delicious chocolate cups and our freshly made crêpes. I would like to thank NICILT for this fantastic opportunity to fire pupils with a real passion for Modern Languages. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”