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Week 10, Term Three, 2018

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Recently, more than 100 Somerset College students in Years 4 to 12 were involved in the annual Gold Coast MLTAQ Languages Speech Competition at Griffith University. Well over 1000 students competed in divisions for six of the different languages that are taught on the Gold Coast, making it the largest event of its kind in the country.

Our students were required to write and present a speech to a panel of judges, which included native speakers as well as teachers and other fluent speakers of Japanese, German, Italian and French. At the conclusion of their presentation, students were then required to answer two to three questions in the target language.

The competition is always very fierce, but all of our students performed extremely well and represented the College in an exemplary manner. Prizewinners were awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at a ceremony immediately following the contest. This year, our students were successful in receiving 19 medals (10 Gold, four Silver and five Bronze), one Fourth Place certificate and 19 Highly Commended certificates.

Award Recipients

French

  • Year 7: HC – Ava McCarthy

  • Year 9: 3rd – Sarah Norton

  • 4th – Soumia Lamont
  • HC – Giulia Provenzano
  • HC – Andre Vasquez

  • Year 11: 1st – Zara Smith

  • Year 12: 1st – Olivia Hammond

Italian

  • Year 4: 3rd – Josh Amores
  • HC – Kseniia Igumenova

  • Year 5: 1st – Ayla Chirathivat-Geralds
    HC – Danielle Svoboda

  • Year 6: 1st – Anna Thomas
    HC – Luella Aitkenhead
    HC – Stevie Landau

  • Year 11: 1st – Zachary Lai 2nd – Louise Lee

  • Year 12: 1st – Luc Bailey

German

  • Year 7: 2nd – Matthew Goldie

  • Year 8: 2nd – Amaani Bhasin
    3rd – Kate Jordan

  • Year 10: HC – Michael Guy

  • Year 11: 1st – Lilly Thompson

  • Year 12: 1st – Lillian Jia
    HC – Marc Eksteen

Japanese

  • Year 4: 3rd – Momoko Takahata
    HC – Lemi Chen
    (Background Speakers)

  • Year 6: HC – Jacob Yuan
    HC – Wei-Wei Shen

  • Year 7: 2nd – Isabella Seymour
    3rd – Joselene Chen
    HC – Rishi Veeramachineni
    HC – Molly Green

  • Year 7: HC – Momo Uchida
    (Background Speaker)

  • Year 8: HC – Debby Kuo
    HC – Nathalie Brown
    HC – Darcy Beynon

  • Year 9: 1st – Delicia Zhao
    HC – Nada Wilson

  • Year 10: 1st – Min Jae Kyeong

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the contest! Thank you also to the language staff for the time and effort that they devoted to preparing our students for the event.

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