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Success for SHSG student in a translation competition

In November, five of our sixth form linguists were invited to take part in a translation competition organised by the European Commission.  73 schools in the UK took part, alongside schools from all the other members of the European Union. Our students were given dictionaries and two hours to translate a text from the language they are studying into English.

In March we were delighted to learn that Ihesinachi in Year 13 had been commended for her translation from Spanish. The EC outreach officer in the UK organised an event at Europe House in London for all the students in the UK who were commended; these were for the top 10% of the translations. Students travelled from the north of England, Wales, Ulster and Jersey for the talks and workshop on Tuesday 26 March. Here is what Ihesinachi had to say about the event:

'I had a really great time hearing about what opportunities there are for translators in the EU and why translation is important. My favourite part of the day was talking to the other students who got special mentions and hearing how they think when they translate another language to English.' 

Unfortunately this was the last time the UK could take part in the Juvenes Translatores competition but it is hoped that it might continue in a different form; one of the speakers on Tuesday plans to create a similar competition within the UK.