With Brazil gearing up ahead of the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a group of Year 9 boys from King Edward VI School in Morpeth are already basking in the light of their success.
Having entered the Arsenal Double Club World Cup Project – a partnership between Capital L (Routes into Languages London) and Arsenal Football Club – the group of five Year 9 boys were announced as one of the ten winning groups from over 80 schools nationwide, to the delight of teacher Miss Victoria Najafi. As Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Co-ordinator at the school and a teacher of French and German, this was a project of particular interest to her thanks to its cross-curricular focus.
Winning the competition was by no means an easy task, with the pupils completing six separate undertakings in Portuguese, a language of which they had no prior experience! One of the particular highlights of the competition was producing a video complete with Portuguese commentary re-enacting the Maradona 'Hand of God' match.
Needless to say, all of the boys are looking forward to attending a special World Cup Day at The Emirates Stadium in London on 10th June to receive their prize.
UPDATE: You can now read more about the national competition run by Renata Albuquerque and the team at Capital L (Routes into Languages London) here and learn more about the KEVI school pupils’ experience on the day here!