Beacon School students awarded young interpereters certificates

PUBLISHED: 15:11 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 June 2010

PUPILS at Beacon Primary School were officially recognised as the first children in the county to qualify as Young Interpreters and welcome children from other countries to their school.

PUPILS at Beacon Primary School were officially recognised as the first children in the county to qualify as Young Interpreters and welcome children from other countries to their school.

The Young Interpreters group was set up by the Year five and six pupils to support newly-arrived, non-English speaking children to settle at the school.

Angela Roxas, from the Philippines, who speaks Tagalog and English, Bartek Nelkowski, of Poland, Alisha Burns and Helenna Walsh, English, Martin Zorys, of Lithuania, and Natalia Plachecka, of Poland, were presented with certificates by the head teacher Sue Lockwood.

The pupils welcome and show new students around the school, show them the routines, help interpret words and help them feel less daunted by the move.

The children had to take a five-week training course run by Di Devin, English as an Additional Language (EAL) co-ordinator teacher.

They learned to develop their understanding of what makes a good interpreter and ways in which they could develop this role.

The group is also part of the Citizenship Programme.

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