STUDENT Chloe Spooner has won a prestigious Manx literacy award.
Each year students from schools across the island are invited to submit a piece of writing in Manx Gaelic to Caarjyn ny Gaelgey (Friends of Manx Language) in order to be considered for the aundyr lettyragh (literacy award).
All entries must be the candidates’ own work and may be fact-based or fictional as long as they are written in Manx Gaelic.
Chloe, a year 10 student at Queen Elizabeth II High School, chose to write an account of a normal day ‘laa cadjin’, which she typed on her home computer in her own time and printed it out into a booklet.
Peter Karran MHK and Joan Caine of Caarjyn ny Gaelgey were delighted to present the award to Chloe during morning assembly at her school.
Interestingly, when Chloe attended Marown Primary School after her family moved to the island from England, she did not know there was a language peculiar to the Isle of Man until she noticed that some of the children were going out of lessons in order to attend their weekly half hour of Manx tuition.
Caarjyn ny Gaelgey hope that students from the island’s schools will continue to enter the competition in future years.
Any members of the public who would like to learn Manx are welcome to attend classes provided by Caarjyn ny Gaelgey at the Old School House in St John’s.
For more information, contact Joan Caine on 843436.