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Swahili challenge sees Ritisha crowned champion!


A few days before her tenth birthday, Blue Coat School pupil Ritisha faced a linguistic challenge fierce enough to have competitors twice her age scratching their heads! Entering the Junior Language Challenge final held at London Olympia on Friday 14 October, Ritisha had just over three weeks to master Swahili before going head-to-head against twenty-nine finalists.

Ritisha started well finishing top of her group in the first round. It was not long before she was competing in the final round and down to the last twelve. Staying focused and calm throughout, Ritisha added to her score and finished top with 306 points to be crowned JLC Champion 2016.

She can now look forward to a family trip to Africa to visit a school that has benefited from the money raised (£5,055!) through the charity OneBillion and competition organisers uTalk. Our congratulations also go to runners up Farah, Grace, Nithiya and Rhea who made it an all-girl top 5!

In all twenty-three Blue Coat pupils took part in the Junior Language Challenge this year, competing alongside 1000 other pupils aged 10 years and under (on the 1st September). They learnt Romanian in the first round and ten pupils made it through to the second round which tested Korean. All the children deserve our warmest congratulations as they have shown great perseverance in this adventure, and all for a good cause.

Mrs Boothroyd, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at The Blue Coat School comments, "We are extremely proud of Ritisha and thrilled that she has won this year's competition. Amongst our entrants from School this year we had our youngest yet, Joel age six years. Undoubtedly Ritisha’s success will spur him and many more children to apply next year. We are sure Ritisha will agree that it is a great challenge and lots of fun at the same time!"
Published: October 21 2016

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