Mother Tongue Other Tongue Winners Celebration

Winning Ceremony of the 2012 Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition, Saturday 30th June, 3pm, Geoffrey Manton Building, Lecture Theatre 2.
While our MTOT workshops were being delivered across a number of schools around Greater Manchester, children from Years 7-13 had begun to jot down the roots of their prize winning poems, either in their Mother Tongue or their Other Tongue. With over 550 entries, our judges read, translated, chuckled and scraped chins off the floor as their minds were blown away from the incredible content written from these fearless young poets. 
In order to celebrate this talent and creativity, we want to invite you all; students, parents, family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, anyone and everyone, to come join us for music, dance and poetry to help celebrate the wonderful work that the pupils have created, a lot of which will be on display.
However, stay calm. To keep you from gnawing those nails in suspense to see who won, we have listed them for you here, below. 
Mother Tongue Winners:
1st Prize (Years 7-9) Elisaveta Zaharia, Levenshulme High School
1st Prize (Years 10-13) Jan Frederick Poblete, St Bede’s School, Bradford
2nd Prize (Years 7-9) Sakinah Ndiaye, Bolton Muslim Girls’ School
2nd Prize (Years 10-13) Catherine Zheng, Withington Girls’ School
Other Tongue Winners: 
1st Prize (Years 7-9) JJ Tonge, Cheadle Hulme High School
1st Prize (Years 10-13) Isobel Buckingham, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
2nd Prize (Years 7-9) Emily Davenport, Holy Family RC and CE College, Heywood
2nd Prize (Years 10-13) Weronika Sobol, St Gabriel’s R.C. High School, Bury
There was a large number of entries which we just couldn’t overlook, and have given them a special commendation for capturing the spirit of the competition. 


  • Tasneem Aiar, William Hulme’s Grammar School
  • Sawsan Ghawnazi, Manchester Academy
  • Anina Nica, Levenshulme High School
  • Bradley Simpson, Cronton Sixth Form College
  • Amy Chiu, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
  • Sam Such & Rhys Smalley, Irlam & Cadished College
  • Antonia Peilober-Richardson, Loreto Grammar School


The winning entries will be published on posters, which will be sent out to schools shortly. 
Congratulations to the winners and to all the children who entered.

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