Pop Video Competition 2014: Voting is LIVE!

musicFour students from St. John Fisher have made it to the voting stages of the Pop Video Competition run by Routes Into Languages. Please vote for them for the Online Viewers’ Choice award by clicking on the link below or by copying and pasting the link into your browser where you will be able to watch the video and submit your vote.
Our video is Bonjour et Au Revoir by Polly Flatley, Kierra Tranter, Ruth Garner and Georgia Richardson.
Don’t forget to share the link with your friends and family!
Happy voting!

Speak to the Future 1000 Words Challenge

1000words-94x105St. John Fisher Catholic High School is taking part in the Speak to the Future 1000 Words Challenge in which you can choose to learn 1000 words in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Latin, Urdu, Polish and/or Hebrew and which runs until July. All students, staff and parents are invited to take part.

Happy Language Learning!

Year 10 French Drop-in Sessions

If you are currently in year 10 and would like help with your French oral or written work, please come to C4 on Tuesdays 3.20-4pm, Wednesdays 3.20-4pm and/or Thursdays 3.20-4.20pm. Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will focus on speaking and Thursday sessions will focus on writing and grammar, particularly verb tense formation.

Allez Yorkshire!

SJF display Dewsbury Library Tour de France

Students in the Modern Foreign Languages Department have been busy producing leaflets and posters in French and Spanish, advertising various towns and cities in Yorkshire, ready for the influx of tourists that Le Grand Départ and the Tour de France will bring to the region in the summer. Our work is now on display at Dewsbury Library’s new Tourist Information section. Why not go down and have a look this weekend?

Brazil 2014 World Cup Challenge

football Students in years 7, 8 and 9 have the opportunity to take part in this exciting competition, in which they will complete six, football-based language tasks in Portuguese, competing in teams of between 4 and 10 players, with the opportunity of winning a place at the Double Club World Cup Challenge to be held at the Emirates Stadium in London, home of Arsenal Football Club.

This competition is being run as an after-school club by Ms Faulkes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from today until 4.30pm (4pm on 18.3.14 and 20.3.14). Students who would like to compete will need to get into a team with their friends and make arrangements to get home from school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Alternatively, come along and we’ll make sure you are part of a team.

Come and get involved!

National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee 2014

spelling beeFour year 7 students went to the Regional Final of the National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee at the University of Hull yesterday, where they competed in the French section of the competition against students from over 50 other Yorkshire schools. Our finalists all performed extremely well, beating their scores from both the class and whole-school competitions. Although our students did not progress through to the National Final, we are all very proud of their achievements.

There will be more languages competitions coming soon.

National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee 2014

spelling beeThe National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee Whole-School Final took place on Friday. Twelve students from year 7 forms competed, with the four winners now going on to compete in the regional final at the University of Hull in March. The winners were:

1st – Mina Flanagan

2nd – Daniel Armintia

3rd – Louisa Warne and Rozanna Bielecka

Well done to all who took part.

National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee 2013/14 – Class Competition

spelling beeCongratulations to all of our year 7 students who have been taking part in the National Foreign Languages Spelling Bee class competitions this week, where they have one minute to translate and spell as many words as possible using the French alphabet. Two winners from each class will now move on to the whole-school competition, which will take place in February.

The winners are:

7J – Elizabeth Senior and Louisa Warne

7F – Eliya Bennett and Georgia Horne

7I – Rozanna Bielecka and Mina Flanagan

7S – Chloe Armitage and Daniel Armintia

7H – Reece Powell-Rhodes and Alex Tunkara

7E – Lauren Hemingway and Amy Hallahan

7R – Joseph Booth and Aneesa Ahmed

European Day of Languages Championship 2013

Recently, 27 SJF students took part in the Vocab Express European Day of Languages Championship, 2013, which involved completing online vocabulary tasks over a period of seven days in order to accumulate individual and whole-school points scores. Hundreds of other UK and international schools took part, with some schools entering up to 150 students and achieving huge, accumulative whole-school points scores. The MFL department at St. John Fisher is therefore extremely proud to announce that our students achieved 19th place in the overall Challenge Cup, coming 4th in the Urdu competition, 5th in the Arabic competition, 8th in the Italian competition, 14th in the Spanish competition and 16th in the French competition. In the Genius Cup, our students achieved 8th place in the Urdu competition and 19th place in the Arabic competition, while two of our individual students made it onto the Student Leaderboard against other pupils from around the world, finishing 29th and 37th respectively.

Congratulations to all who took part! We’re now looking forward to next year, when we are aiming to beat this year’s score!