French fable earns Will an Oxford commendation

Lower Sixth boy Will Adams has been highly commended in a national languages competition.

The Fabulous Translation competition, run by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, encouraged pupils nationwide and of all ages to engage with creative translation. 

In his entry, Will (Sc4), pictured, created a modern-day fable, accompanied by an English translation. His tale, L’éléphant et le babouin (The Elephant and The Baboon), was a touching story about the importance of communication, and helping those in difficulty. 

His entry, along with the winning and other highly commended stories, can be read here, and will form part of a display in Oxford.

The entries to each task were judged in four age groups, with winners receiving a cash prize. 

William Law, the school’s Head of French, said: "This is an exceptional accolade for one of our most talented linguists. To write a carefully crafted and thoughtful story in such idiomatic French is a challenge indeed, but Will has risen to it and thoroughly deserves this recognition and commendation.”