Margaret River SHS German, French, Italian, Indonesian and Chinese students have demonstrated resilience, commitment, and a competitive spirit in the 2022 Education Perfect Languages World Championship. The school acquired a record 118 awards and was the 15th best school globally (2,824 schools), beating Languages specialist Perth-based schools such as Penrhos College, Perth Modern School, Rossmoyne SHS or Hale School. The Margaret River students completed online Languages exercises for precisely 1,000 hours and answered nearly 450,000 questions. The Languages teachers are very impressed with the effort displayed in this year’s competition. Again, our students have demonstrated that they could keep up with any school based on commitment, enthusiasm for learning, and resilience to compete even when the work gets hard.

School champion Year 9 German student Avaz Wilson-Mirzai ended up the 41st best student in the world and achieved a new school record of 15,356 points. She won the gold medal and the 2022 EP Languages trophy ahead of last year’s champion Caitlin Young (French) on silver and William Young (Italian) on bronze. William was the top student in Year 8. The subsequent ten students received a top achiever medal: Sara Clarke (top student in Year 10), Lyndi Sharwood, Ruby Ballard, Chiara Falls (Top student in Year 7), Kristian Markov, Kaia Harrison, Nicholas Fischer, Caspian Ensor, Tex Alcock and Elani Falls. Well done to these outstanding competitors.

The Year 8 German class narrowly beat the Year 9 French class in the dying minutes of the competition for the class winner’s trophy. This group of students was the first to defend their title after last year’s incredible success! On Tuesday, the students were invited to a Swiss breakfast to celebrate their success and Harmony Week!

Marian Grapes, Angela McCoy, Jennifer Hill and Patrick Marzohl

The Languages team at Margaret River Senior High School