Félicitations! That was the message received on 29 January by the 25 students from Year 10 who received their A1 DELFs (Diplômes d’Études en Langue Française) at a special assembly given by Madame Annabelle Bossard, Head of Modern Languages and Mr Dan Barlow, Head of Years 8 and 9. Students who sit the DELF are tested on their reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. St Leonards is currently the only school in Scotland which offers the DELF, an internationally recognised qualification, to its students.
These 25 boys and girls passed the A1 Beginner level for the basic user with flying colours, whilst two 2014 leavers also received their DELFs in the B2 classification. A DELF B2 indicates Intermediate level as an independent user, the standard required in order to attend a Francophone university. This achievement allowed Eduardas Doviltis to accept a place studying Medicine at Université-Pierre-et-Marie-Curie in Paris, whilst his classmate Mhairi Cargill went on to study French at the University of Glasgow.
French is spoken by tens of millions of people across five continents. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Red Cross, the Olympics and many other international organisations. The DELF is recognised and valued by universities and employers, and is no doubt significantly enhancing CVs of St Leonards boys and girls.