A Sixth Former was invited to the national Mother Tongue Other Tongue celebration and prize-giving event recently at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jack recently won a national competition in the Year 12/13 category for his French poem ‘Une crise existentielle’ (An Existential Crisis) and read his entry out to the entire audience at the celebration event.
The competition is officially endorsed by Malala Yousafzai, youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist. Malala said: "When you are learning another language, you learn to think in that language, you learn to speak in that language and you learn to believe in that language and it allows you to think from a completely different perspective: it's not just about the words and the grammar but the culture and the language it is associated with.”
"It's a skill - a talent - and I hope those of you learning a new language continue to do so because the more you learn, the broader your mind becomes and allows you to think big."
Professor Sharon Handley, Pro Vice Chancellor from Manchester Metropolitan University and Malala presented Jack with his trophy. Jack intends to study modern languages at university.
Listen to Jack’s award winning poem via YouTube.