This weekend Whitgift students took part in the finals of the annual Nihongo Cup Speech Contest. Normally held at the Japanese Embassy, Saturday's event was of course via Zoom, and saw contestants give a speech in Japanese and then answer tricky, spontaneous questions from the audience.
Second Form's Eric Taylor achieved Gold in the Key Stage 3 competition, while in the post-GCSE category Anant Gupta (Lower Sixth) won Bronze and Jeremy Roe (Upper Sixth) achieved Gold. He wins some exciting technology in place of the usual all expenses paid trip to Japan.
"This is a prestigious Japanese speech competition", said Mr A Hunt, Head of Languages at Whitgift. "Contestants from secondary schools all over the UK take part and the standard is always very high. Congratulations to all the students involved and to Ms C Hashimoto who helped them prepare for the contest. The whole Japanese Department is very proud!"