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HB students win golds at Languages Conference

On Monday 28th May 2012, six Henry Beaufort School students - along with Mrs Hallett and Mrs Eckett - participated in the HEMTAS World Languages Conference. From a total of eight schools, Henry Beaufort students won the most number of Gold Medals.


On Monday 28th May 2012, six Henry Beaufort School students - along with Mrs Hallett and Mrs Eckett - participated in the HEMTAS World Languages Conference at the Hampshire County Council headquarters in Winchester. From a total of eight schools, Henry Beaufort students won the most number of Gold Medals.

The event was hosted by HEMTAS (Hampshire Ethnic Minority Achievements Services) for secondary schools across Hampshire with the purpose of enabling Gifted & Talented and bilingual linguists to share their love for languages by welcoming the world to the 2012 Olympics.

During the day, students were given the opportunity to learn Hindi, Punjabi, Nepali, Shona, French, Italian and Turkish. The lessons were all based around the Olympic Games and students had to demonstrate the Olympic values throughout the day – equality, respect, excellence, determination, friendship, courage and inspiration. All schools were highly motivated to win a gold medal for displaying these qualities.

In the afternoon, students were able to discuss what they enjoyed and found effective in their taster sessions. They used this as a basis to start their own lesson planning.

Students discussed and planned language taster sessions in a language other than English so that, during the summer term, students can deliver this to Henry Beaufort feeder primary schools. Students will be able to prepare their own lesson and materials. The theme of these lessons is based on preparing children in Hampshire Schools to welcome the world to the Olympic Games through a shared love of languages.