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August 15, 2009

Optima Grove School Language Project a Success

Why learn another language? This is the question that Optima put to Year 9 pupils from the Grove School, Newark. Working in small teams, they eached produced presentations designed to convince a panel of judges that learning a foreign language is important. The event was organised by our Education Director, Jo Small, as part of her role as Business Language Champion.

Grove School Language Project WinnersThe creative presentations included interviews with local businesses, research from local primary schools and video footage of school pupils. The first prize was awarded to Langues Pour la Vie (Languages for Life) by the Mayor of Newark, who emphasised the need to learn languages.

The event was made a success by the support of local businesses. The winning group (pictured) received vouchers donated by Via Italiano, and matched by Optima Training, to dine out at the local restaurant and enjoy traditional Italian cuisine. The winners will also have their poster published in It's All About Youmagazine. Dean Hyde, Chairman of Newark Business Club, has also invited the winners to deliver their presentation at September's Newark Business Club meeting.

Event Supporters

Optima would like to thank the following for their support of the Grove School language project: 

It's All About You
A magazine all about the events and people of Newark and the surrounding areas. The editorial style promotes positive community spirit and seeks to engage a broad crosssection of people both young and old.

Newark Beacon
The Newark Beacon provided the venue for the event and technical support for the presentations, all free of charge.

The Newark Business Club
The Newark Business Club helps create and sustain an economic environment that will make Newark a vibrant and rewarding town to live and work in and to visit.

Via Italiano
A traditional Italian restaurant, pizzeria and cafe bar located on Stodman Street in Newark, offering a lively and friendly atmosphere.

WilDuck Catering
The excellent food and drink provided on the day was provided by WilDuck Catering. Wilduck is a family run catering business based in Worksop, using only fresh and homemade products to create both authentic and original dishes.