Oakham School’s French team won the SCOOP Regional Journalism Competitionfor the second time in recent years with sixth former Lizzie receiving a special mention from the judges. As part of their prize, they will have the opportunity to spend the day as guests at the offices of The Independent in London.
Oakham entered two teams of four, one studying French and the other Spanish, in the languages competition held at Kesteven and Sleaford High School. Throughout the day, the students had to work hard and under intense pressure to produce the front page of a newspaper in their target language. They dealt with regular ‘press releases’, attended ‘press conferences’ and negotiated with advertisers to sell their advertising space in a foreign language. They then had to write and edit their front page before presenting as a team in French or Spanish. To complete the competition they had to design a celebrity endorsed publicity poster for their newspaper and explain their social media campaign.
The pupils’ linguistic display and journalism ability were impressive and they maximised this chance to use their language skills in a new context.
Lizzie added “I am very pleased to have taken part in the SCOOP Journalism Competition. It was a fast-paced and exciting atmosphere that allowed me to develop my confidence in both French and Spanish. The four of us worked very well as a team and we were all able to use our individual strengths to produce and present work we could be proud of. Taking the winning spot was a fabulous way to end the day and I would really recommend it to sixth formers next year.”