Inaugural SBS National Languages Competition

Nearly 20,000 students participated nationwide - including many South Australians

SBS and Community Languages Australia (CLA) have recently announced six national winners across three age categories from students aged 4 to 18 years who entered the inaugural SBS National Languages Competition.

The competition which aimed to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia was on the theme of ‘what does learning language mean to you?’

72 national finalists from across the country (including nine from South Australia) were announced on 30 August and one winner from each of the three categories was selected by an SBS judging panel including Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, SBS Arabic24 presenter Heba Kassoua and TV screenwriter, columnist and author Benjamin Law.

Although South Australian finalists were not featured in the overall winning entries we are very pleased that our students participated.

We extend our congratulations to three South Australian entrants who progressed to the final stage of judging:

Stivan Yovche (13-18 years) Bulgarian Sunday School 'St Cyril and Methodius'

Yan Carroll (8-12 years) A. Pushkin Russian School

Daniil Zolotaryov (4-7 years) A. Pushkin Russian School

To view the 72 national finalist entries, go to

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