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Pupils from Bronte School in Gravesend winners in Oxford German Olympiad

More pupils at a school have shown winning ways, this time in their language skills.

Just a few weeks ago, Ore Oni, a Year 6 pupil at the Bronte School, was ranked fourth globally and second in England for his mathematical prowess.

Tommy in Year 5 at Bronte School, Gravesend, achieved first place in the Oxford German Olympiad. Picture: Bronte School
Tommy in Year 5 at Bronte School, Gravesend, achieved first place in the Oxford German Olympiad. Picture: Bronte School

Now two youngsters in the year below at the Gravesend school have won a competition, this time for their knowledge in German.

Year 5 pupils Tommy and Temilola were selected as joint overall winners in their age category in the Oxford German Olympiad.

The pair fought off stiff competition from hundreds of schools across the UK in a test of their language skills.

Each year, the Oxford German Olympiad has a different theme and this year the topic was the Alps.

Children were asked to imagine that they were setting off for a hiking trip to the mountains, and were tasked with drawing, and then describing in German, all of the things that they would choose to pack for their Alpine adventure.

Bronte School has more winning pupils
Bronte School has more winning pupils

All of their hard work for the competition took place during lockdown, pushing them to show even greater independence and self-motivation to produce their entries.

The judges at Oxford University were impressed by both their artistic talents and their advanced linguistic skills.

Headmistress Emma Wood said: "I am extremely proud of the specialist language provision at Bronte School, with all Upper School children learning both French and German.

"We have some particularly talented linguists, with many going on to study a language at A-level and beyond.

"The cognitive benefits of learning a second - or third - language are undeniable, as it develops and enhances memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills as well as the ability to concentrate and listen carefully.

"Well done to Tommy and Temilola for such excellent entries to the Oxford German Olympiad - a very special achievement to win in your category."

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