On Monday 18th April 2016, two Year 7 students, Thomas Brenchley and Reuben Richards, accompanied Mr. Ferguson to the Modern Foreign Languages Spelling Bee South-West Regional Final in Midsomer Norton, Somerset.
The premise: to listen to an English word or phrase, translate that word into your chosen language and say it out loud, in this case German, and then spell it out loud using the German pronunciation of letters. Complete as many words as you can within one minute.
Upon their arrival, both boys had to compete in a German semi-final. The highest ranked four competitors would then progress to the final where they would battle it out for the South-West silverware. The competition was fierce, but The Crypt School students rose to the occasion. Both of the boys achieved personal bests during the semi-final, spelling a number of challenging words extremely quickly and with outstanding accuracy. Unfortunately, Thomas finished fifth at this stage of the competition meaning, despite his best ever score, that he fell just outside of the qualification zone for the final. Reuben finished in fourth position, and so qualified for the final.
Later in the day, having waited anxiously to learn his fate, Reuben was told that all four semi-final qualifiers would not only compete for the South West trophy, but that they would also be representing the region at the National Final, taking place in Cambridge on Friday 1st July 2016.
The regional final was both tense and exceptionally close. In front of over eighty spectators, Reuben, once again scoring a personal best, eventually finished in fourth position, receiving a certificate and a medal to commemorate his achievement. He has vowed to do even better upon his return to competition in July, and I'm sure all staff, students, and friends of The Crypt School will join Mr. Ferguson in congratulating both boys on their outstanding achievement, as well as wishing Reuben all the very best for the National Final.
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