Congratulations to our senior students Victoria, Vidya, Eliska, Michael, Theo, Nathan and Thomas who qualified for this year’s All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad Final. 5 of our finalists represented St. Kilian’s this morning in DCU solving some tough puzzles, but also had great fun. Of the 100 finalists from 49 schools 4 winners will go on to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Bulgaria later this year. Well done to all!
The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a contest in which Secondary School students develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages from around the globe. Students use their ingenuity to solve puzzles in languages they don’t know. This could mean that they have to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, decode numerical spy codes, and interpret ancient Mayan poetry. No prior knowledge of linguistics or a second language is required, as even the hardest problems require only logical ability, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.’