Benowa High has claimed first place in a worldwide languages contest beating out over 2000 schools across the world.
For the second consecutive year Benowa claimed the world title for the Education Perfect Languages Championships – an online languages learning platform.
During the pandemic shutdown, dedicated Benowa State High students continued working hard from home during May 14-21 to complete 1.8 million online language questions totaling 2166 hours of online learnnig.
This year’s event saw a marked increase of global participation given the worldwide pandemic shutdown and a focus on online learning. In 2019, 1644 schools around the world competed and this jumped to 2158 in 2020.
Despite the increased competition Benowa maintained their title for the second year in a row, adding to their collection of six previous accolades since 2012.
Benowa students competed in French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian.
Benowa remains undefeated in the French category since it began in 2012 – not too surprising given the school’s long history as a French Immersion school.
Head of Languages and International Cathryn Cooper said she was impressed and surprised at the result, particularly given participation was not compulsory and students had to devote their own time while working remotely.
“I could not be more proud of our students’ dedication and diligence towards language study,” she said.
“We have developed a strong learning culture in languages at Benowa and students were self-driven in their determination to take out the title.”
Ms Cooper said the competition also helped students’ maintain their continuity of learning while away from school and they had come back to school ready and raring to continue their studies.
Students including those in the International Baccalaureate programme and in French Immersion said they enjoyed competing with their peers and also against schools from around the world.
Year 9 French Immersion students Mia Murray-White and Hamish Bowles came second and third in the world for French with more than 20,000 points each.
“We compete for our own learning and also against each other and it’s a good feeling to know we’re doing well,” Hamish Bowles.
Benowa will host a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 10 and will celebrate with a pizza party for the top 40 highest scoring students.