December 18, 2023

Schools serve up delicious offerings in Modern Foreign Languages competition

To support languages learning, November saw students from Lionheart secondary schools compete in a Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) competition.

Year 9 students from across the Trust were tasked with designing an engaging poster promoting traditional cuisine from French or Spanish countries, which included an image of their dish, a list of ingredients and the method - writing all of this in the country’s language. 

Devised to interweave elements of foreign culture into the Key Stage 3 curriculum, the task also allowed students to express their creativity and demonstrate the skills acquired in both MFL and Food Technology lessons so far this year. 

Imaginative submissions were received from Judgemeadow Community College, The Cedars Academy, Martin High School, The Castle Rock School and Sir Jonathan North Girls’ College, with a shortlist of 18 entries selected. 

Lionheart’s Director of Curriculum, Alex Petrie, was tasked with the difficult decision of selecting a top three, judging each entry on originality, creativity, design, language, skills and effort. 

After plenty of ‘umming’ and ‘ahing,’ a decision was made and the winners were: 


1st – Amira (Judgemeadow Community College) 

Amira took the top prize after designing a colourful Churros poster. Superbly detailing the ingredients and method; she even included a personal note explaining why she selected it. 


2nd – Leah (The Castle Rock School) 

Leah selected Chocolate Orange macarons for her dish, supplying a photograph of the finished product and expertly-written French ingredients. 


3rd – Aaliyah (Judgmeadow Community College) 

Aaliyah selected three traditional French dishes on her poster; Escargot, Chicken Confit and Macarons. She included beautifully hand-drawn pictures which were neatly annotated. 


“I was also delighted to see such creativity and effort in this Year 9 project,” said Vicki Loxley, Lionheart’s MFL lead. 

“It's a very big 'well done' to all the entrants, the individual school winners and the top three for Lionheart.”