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Mother Tongue Competition

by Sarah George and Farida Shehu

Two talented Tapton individuals were thrilled to win the 2015 Sheffield Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition. 

by Sarah George and Farida Shehu

Two talented Tapton individuals were thrilled to win the 2015 Sheffield Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition.  Farida Shehu and Sarah George (Y7) report on the event.

Signing up to this popular competition was a huge commitment to our two winners, Seema Ali Abdullah and Felicia Li.  The competition started early in June last year.  The two of them had very different motives for entering the competition: Seema goes to a Kurdish school where she was inspired by her teacher to sign up.  She said, “He wanted us to expand our knowledge and raise awareness of our Mother Tongue”.

Felicia however was rather hesitant to join the competition at first.  “My art teacher really wanted me to sign up.” Felicia mentioned that it was also her mother that persuaded and influenced her to enter.

Felicia and Seema were required to draw a poster on an A3 scale and write something about their languages; Mandarin and Kurdish.  The judges wanted them to translate what they had written to English, so that they could understand it.  Seema said, “We did one hour of Kurdish grammar and then two hours working on our poster”.  Felicia said, “I drew it once on an A5 piece of paper; then my art teacher told me I had to re-do it! So then I transferred it on an A3 scale!”  Both our winners were very committed to their work and did a lot to make sure that it could live up to the expectations that were set.

As well as working very hard, the two girls had many memorable moments to cherish. Felicia found it very fulfilling to see her drawings being appreciated by many people.  Seema enjoyed working as a team and the bonding that she made with her teammates felt special.  Both of them are proud of their achievements and they really enjoyed the opportunity to be part of an excellent competition.