Lenny Montague shines again for Languages

Having stormed through the Regional Heats of the South West MFL Speaking Competition back in March, Lenny was looking to go one better than last year in the Finals and was aiming to get the top prize. With all the preparation work done, Mr Cordle and Tom Hope were there once again to cheer him on. The Finals took place at the University of Bristol and around 15 schools, both state and private, were represented altogether. The judging panel was the largest to have graced this event and with a packed room the pressure was really on.

Lenny was entered into the non-native KS4 category for Spanish and had to speak for a few minutes on the topic of 'Holidays'. In true Lenny fashion, he stayed away from giving a discourse on anything resembling a normal holiday. Instead, he regaled the audience with a fictional piece about a visit to Planet Gliebe 5182 with two Spanish friends. Their adventure ended with an encounter with an alien, and thankfully Lenny was there with his gun (or hairdryer in this case) to save the day. Full of wit, props and intrigue, Lenny's highly original and engaging speech went down a storm. The judges had to award marks equally for the language content as well as the presentation itself. Lenny knew that he had done his best and was over the moon when his name was announced as the overall victor. To be crowned the winner is a huge achievement and in a category that had so much talent between them, the big trophy and £50 prize money was fully deserved. The victory is even more poignant given that Routes into Languages, who run this competition, sadly does not have the funding to continue next year. Lenny is continuing Spanish into A-level and we wish him all the very best in his future languages career!