Students showcase their talents in Song for Europe contest

Children from across the North East joined together for a special version of the Eurovision Song Contest where they put their foreign language skills to the test.

More than 300 pupils from 24 schools descended on Durham City to take part in the fourth Song for Europe competition, organised by Europe Direct Durham.

The contest sees pupils, aged nine and ten year olds, perform songs in a language other than English, which this year included Albanian, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

Scores were generated in a similar fashion to the famous Eurovision system, with each act awarding points to their fellow competitors which were then tallied to reveal the overall winner.

This year Newbottle Primary Academy from Houghton-le-Spring emerged victorious with theirversion of Chu Chu Ua, which had the whole auditorium dancing along and copying the actions.

St Aloysius RC Junior School, Hebburn, came second with a performance of Mercy –the French entry into this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Cllr John Lethbridge, Chairman of Durham County Council, which hosts the Europe Direct centre said: “I was thoroughly entertained by the talent on display and want to congratulate all of the pupils on their hard work in learning a song in another language.

“Fun, interactive activities like this instil a love of languages at a young age as well as helping the children learn all about other cultures.”