21st June 2021 — Pupils at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep have swept the board in the UK final of a long-running language competition.
Year Six trio John Gibby, Huw Taylor and Monty Clarke took first, second and third places respectively in the uTalk Language Games final.
Sam Johnson, from Year Five also shone, finishing in fourth position.
More than 850 children from across the country signed up for the uTalk Language Games this year.
The boys first learnt German, then Afrikaans and finally Manx (the language used in the final).
Manx – also called Gaelg – is a Celtic language spoken on the Isle of Man and UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) classifies it as critically endangered.
Around 100 progressed to the Kahoot Challenge – the first part of the final.
The top 30 scorers were then invited to join the live final on Zoom.
John carried off the top prize, also winning £250 Amazon vouchers, while the school will now get access to £1,000 uTalk software.
The uTalk Language Games were launched in 2004 (under the name of Junior Language Challenge) to help motivate children to learn languages.