Author Michael Morpurgo presents award to St Albans students

Gustav Brincat, Michael Morpurgo and William Drake

Gustav Brincat, Michael Morpurgo and William Drake - Credit: Archant

A linguistic pair of St Albans pupils has received a prestigious prize for the second time for their adaptation of a classic German poem into a short film.

William Drake and Gustav Brincat, both Year 10 students at St Albans School, achieved runner-up awards at the annual Oxford German Olympiad competition for their entry to this year’s theme, “Von Pop bis Poesie – Poetry and Music”.

The competition, open to all German language students aged between nine and 18, is run through the University of Oxford’s German department within the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.

William and Gustav worked together to create, produce, direct and act in their own film version of Goethe’s poem, Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).

Gustav was also highly commended for his entry to the ‘Networking in German’ competition, after submitting an idea for an activity that make learning German more fun.


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The students and their modern foreign languages teacher, Gabriele Renz, travelled to Oxford University to collect their award, and listened to author Michael Morpurgo who was a guest speaker at the event.

Gabriele said: “The fact William and Gustav have twice achieved runner-up awards is testament to the quality of our students and their fantastic short film is well-deserved of recognition.”

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