Alexander Dawes is the first student in Trinity Catholic College’s history to win an Elite Award for the NSW Language Perfect Championship.
The statewide competition included 232 schools exercising their multiple language skills over a week of fun and fast-paced online language tests.
Alexander came 10th in NSW and second in German, competing with 13,000 students.
Gaining his points from answering German and French questions, the Year 8 student, who started learning French in primary school, was nervous and didn’t expect to get a whopping 10,000 points.
“Learning a language is a lot of fun. I really enjoy it,” he said.
“At the beginning you’re confused, but when you get it, that feeling’s great.”
Fellow Trinity student Emily Clark, who won 21st in NSW and first place in German, admitted there was light-hearted competition between her and Alexander.
“Alexander said he was going to win prizes for both languages, and so the competitiveness began,” she laughed.
“Learning a language changes the way you think. The culture is so different and quite interesting in comparison to our own.”
The one-week competition required students to pick one or more languages and go online to accumulate points.
Taking about one hour for students to reach 100 points, English and Language teacher at Trinity, Anka Allen, said she was extremely proud of the students’ achievements.
“The standard of language here at Trinity is quite high and the fantastic results are an indication of the dedication of our students,” she said.
But it wasn’t just Alexander and Emily who had something to celebrate.
Other Trinity students who also excelled in the NSW Language Perfect Championship included Cole Park (6th in NSW), Tom Waddell (8th in NSW), Naomi Fulton (35th in NSW) and (6th in French for NSW) and Henry Rowley (50th in NSW).
Trinity came 9th in NSW as a school, 2nd in German and 16th in French.
The NSW Language Perfect Championships were held from August 29 to September 5.