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On Tuesday 4th Feb we held our Francofest 2020 event in the Whitla and South Dining Halls at Queen’s University Belfast. We were joined by 31 post-primary schools (including over 130 pupils and their teachers), 20 independent French-speaking judges, 22 Modern Languages PGCE students from QUB and our keynote speaker, Benoît Le Dévédec, the French Language Attaché from the Institut français in London. 

NICILT would once again like to congratulate all the participants and winners and thank everyone involved for supporting the event. 

More photos from the day are available to view on our Facebook page here

Overall Winners 2020

Campbell College

The team, made up of Charlie Pugh, Ger Gaskin, Aarken Jalota and Henri Rheinboldt-Trans, and led by their teacher Mrs Eleanor Anderson, gained 1st place for their trade stand which sold handmade chocolate truffles. The mock fair trade company, 'Top Truffes', came from Vaud in Switzerland and had been researched by the team to add an additional dimension to their stand. All the team members were praised by judges for their professionalism and engagement with the task. Congratulations to them all from the NICILT staff!

Overall winning team

Campbell College

Most Creative Tourist Stand

Ballyclare Secondary School

Most Creative Trade Stand

Victoria College Belfast

Best French Team

St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh

Best Tourist Stand

Sperrin Integrated College

Best Trade Stand

St. Genevieve’s High School

PHOTO: Feedback from Post-Primary Teacher
An excellent event which our pupils really enjoy preparing for and taking part in. They gain a lot of experience in their own abilities both creatively and linguistically. Feedback from Post-Primary Teacher
Francofest 2020
PHOTO: Feedback from Year 10 pupils from the Wallace High School
To NICILT- Thank you so much for the amazing experience at Francofest 2020! Thank you for organising this fantastic event which was lots of fun and helped us develop our language skills using real life scenarios. Merci beaucoup! Feedback from Year 10 pupils from the Wallace High School
Francofest 2020