A group of our KS3 students recently entered the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition and got through to the regional finals at the University of Manchester. Yr8 student Maha was the winner of the North West regional final and Yr9 student Emily received a high commendation.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national Laureate Education Project, led by the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

There are two separate parts to the poetry competition. Children from Year 4 to Year 13 can enter one or both parts of the competition.

The Mother Tongue part of the competition requires children who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their Mother Tongue. They then write a short piece in English to explain the poem’s significance to them.

The Other Tongue part of the competition encourages children learning another language in school to use that language creatively to write a poem.

Well done, girls!