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German Embassy invites FHS teacher to prestigious award ceremony

On Monday, 12 June, Fairfield High School (FHS) teacher, Sharon Barnes was invited to the prestigious 14th German Teacher Awards Ceremony (organised by the German Embassy) to recognise outstanding teachers of German in the UK. She received a ‘Special Mention’, which is a highly significant attribute for all of her hard work and dedication to the subject.

Sharon Barnes individual awardThe annual German Teacher Award and the ‘Sommerfest’ pay tribute to the work of German teachers across the UK and give guests the opportunity to network. Over 220 teachers and representatives from the education and language teaching sectors, business and media from all over the UK joined this year’s celebrations and followed the announcement of the 2017 winners.

Addressing the teachers in his welcome speech, Ambassador Peter Ammon said that “never before has your mission to teach languages as a gateway to another culture encouraging friendship, trust and understanding across borders been more important than today.” He was delighted to welcome renowned writer John le Carré as the keynote speaker for the event, who once more proved himself a staunch supporter of language learning as the key to understanding other cultures.
After the speeches, Ambassador Ammon and David Cornwell presented the 14th annual German Teacher Awards, recognising outstanding achievements by teachers of German in primary and secondary schools in the UK.
Sharon Barnes was thrilled to receive a “Special Mention” by the German Ambassador and comments:

“I was very pleased just to be nominated, therefore receiving the special mention award from the German Embassy was a great honour. I work hard to promote German and it’s a great feeling to see my students being very enthusiastic about the German language and culture. The fact that my work has also been valued by the Embassy is fantastic. I am grateful to work in a school where German is able to thrive. I am also thankful to have the support of Mr Lewis who gives me the freedom to offer extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop their German skills through projects in Germany. I have been quite taken aback by all the comments I have received from my colleagues, students and their parents, congratulating me on my award and I’d like to say a big “Thank You” to all of you.”

The German Teacher Award is jointly organised by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in London, the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, the Goethe-Institut London, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK German Connection, the Deutsche Schule London, the Departments for Education in England and Wales, the Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) and the Association for Language Learning.

BOOKS and biscuits are proving a popular combination for students in Hungerford.

John O’ Gaunt has launched a new inspirational book club called ‘Book Chat and Biscuits’, aimed at inspiring hundreds of students to further and wider reading.

JOG staff are passionate about getting students reading for fun and pleasure, with the pursuit helping in every single other subject at school and beyond.

Last summer English GCSE results at JOG were exceptional.

School Librarian Nicola Chester said:

“This new club is proving extremely popular. We bring students together to discuss books that they have read while they enjoy biscuits.

“In the last group they chose one line from the book and had discussions about the main characters.”

By Alex Nutley Aged 15

Inspirational Hungerford students have become some of the best maths performers in Britain

Inspirational Hungerford students have become some of the best maths performers in Britain.

The Year 7 and 8 John O’ Gaunt students achieved some incredible results in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge.

The Challenge is designed to make students think, solve interesting problems and get even better at maths.

Year 7 student Isis Rota, aged 12, came out with a Gold award and achieved the best rating in the school. She is now lining up a career in either maths, acting or sport – all of which she is passionate about.  Isis said “It was a surprise to win but I was really happy. I enjoy the lessons and sometimes we do maths quizzes.”  Other students to excel included Year 8 students Jake Roberts and Toby Wheeler, and Year 7 students Phoebe Digweed, Beau Collins and Sophie Orchard.

Principal Alan Henderson said: “We are so proud of all these students. Maths is a key lesson for life and launches some great careers.”

JOG achieved fantastic maths GCSE results last summer and are on course to deliver the same again this year.

John O'Gaunt Maths Performers