Author: Robert Dalzell, North Lanarkshire
On 21 May 2019, North Lanarkshire Council held their annual 1+2 Languages award ceremony. In the morning, primary schools were invited to attend to celebrate language learning in their school. At the ceremony, 124 pupils collected winning certificates. Thirty early level, 36 first level, 37 second level and 21 multilingual awards were presented on the day. In addition, 352 nominee certificates were given to staff to be awarded back in school.
In the afternoon, secondary schools attended the ceremony. Seventy-eight certificates were presented. These consisted of 20 for outstanding language learners in S1, S2 and S3 and 18 for most improved language learners in S3. Fifty runner-up and 52 third-place certificates were given to staff to be awarded back at school.
During both our ceremonies, musical interludes came from Noble Primary and Gaelic Condorrat choir. At the secondary award ceremony, ribbon dancers from Our Lady’s High Cumbernauld provided a colourful display and Greenfaulds High provided a Gaelic musical interlude.
Nathalie Kormaz from the Alliance Française, Shona Hugh from Education Scotland, Linda Roberts and Stuart Pescodd from Scottish Government presented the certificates.