Annual - Young Linguist & Euroscola Awards 2016

The Rotary Club of Barrhead's annual Youth awards evening

Tuesday 22nd March

BARRHEAD youngsters proved that international relations were alive and well with presentations in foreign languages.

Young people from the two local high schools visited the Rotary Club of Barrhead with their teachers and families to celebrate European and Chinese languages through the annual international "Focus on Language".

This was after St Luke’s pupil Stephen McCool represented the club and Scotland as a Euroscola in Strasbourg, with 500 students from across Europe making friends and sharing their languages.

And On March 22, young linguists from St Luke’s and Barrhead High Schools, speaking French and Italian, entertained Rotarians with their presentations.

A Rotary Club spokesman said: “The teachers and parents are justly proud of the achievements of these young people, who are a credit to their schools and the Barrhead club is delighted to sponsor them.”

The event was part of the club’s fifth annual Focus on Language festival at its regular meeting at the Dalmeny Park Hotel.

Pupils and staff from Barrhead and St Luke’s high schools were present, along with family members and friends were present.

The spokesman said: “For the past five years, the Barrhead Rotary has been privileged to send a pupil to Strasbourg where they have acquitted themselves very well. Indeed they have been chosen not only to represent their contingent from Scotland but also speak on their behalf on the floor of the European Parliament.

“This year was no exception as Stephen McCool from St Luke’s High School was Euroscola 2016.

“He spoke of his experience and Clare Mackenzie, a teacher from St Luke’s who accompanied the candidates, said that he had proved himself a very worthy ambassador.”

Rotary club president Bruce Tulloch gave St Luke's students Alyssa Greally and Sophie McKeowan awards for Italian and French presented the young linguist awards as follows:. Barrhead High students Eilidh Weatherstone and Emma J Watson were runners-up.

n St Luke’s: Alyssa Greally – Italian and Sophie McKeown – French

Barrhead High: Eilidh Weatherstone and Emma J Watson – runner-up

Foreign language assistants Emilia Charton and Florence Lacrampe spoke of their home areas, which are Toulouse and Strasbourg respectively

Youth projects convener Sandy Macdonald said: “Unfortunately, Events such as these are all too rare and we hope that our small contribution may inspire other Rotary clubs to take up the challenge.”