Sixth Form linguists from Bruton School for Girls were commended for their excellent performance when they competed in the Advanced Level of the UK Linguistics Olympiads - an arduous test of a candidate’s ability to spot patterns of use in languages they don’t even study!
This year’s challenge included sections in Japanese, Murrinhpatha, Finnish and Georgian – none of which the girls had any previous knowledge of, or even awareness of in the case of the indigenous Australian dialect.
Georgie Lewis, Olivia Parsons and Antonina Kielkowska were awarded certificates, with Antonina achieving Gold. Sadly, she narrowly missed out on the second round where only the 16 best linguists from heats across the country are invited.
Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Bruton, Mrs Xavière Harvey, said: “We are extremely pleased with these results and the girls deserve praise for their amazing ability to decipher cryptic information. If their careers as tomorrow’s medics or engineers don’t go according to plan, they could always work for MI5!”