Holland Secondary School Students Shine on "Chinese Bridge"Preliminary Competition
June 26 saw thunderous applause and tinkling laughter in the Chinese embassy to Holland. 23 competitors from Holland's secondary schools came together to participate in the preliminary contest of the 2nd Chinese Proficiency Competition for Holland's Secondary Students and the 3rd "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in the Holland region. The competition was co-organized by the Chinese embassy to Holland and Hague Confucius Institute of Holland's Leiden University. Nearly 100 people, including Chinese teachers and students' parents from all secondary schools in Holland, attended this competition. Xinhua News Agency and Radio Netherlands Worldwide tacked the whole course to report and interview.
The competition officially started at 10 a.m. Mr. Zhang Jinxiong, the charge d'affaires of Chinese embassy to Holland, delivered a speech for the opening ceremony.
The competition consists of written test, speech and talent show. In each test the contestants displayed their Chinese proficiency and expressed their understanding to Chinese culture. During the speech contest, contestant Ji aijia's performance "I'm fascinated with Chinese" vividly introduced her indissoluble bond with Chinese; Vincent van Bergen told his "story of learning Chinese"; the talent show was most interesting, and all contestants gave speeches in fluent Chinese, sang melodious Chinese songs like the Jasmine Flower and The Moon Over a Fountain and showed various splendid performances related to Chinese culture.
To learn Chinese in the competition as well as growing up healthily, the contestants demonstrated the competition's notion of "happy Chinese, healthy growth".
The 16-year-old Holland girl Annie Mary has been learning Chinese for 3 years in a secondary school of Holland. She told us her school has had the Chinese optional course for 4 years and about 100 students out of the total 800 students in the high school division choose Chinese as the optional language. Her father Mr. De Jong said, emotionally, "Holland has very close trade tie with China, so it's very important to learn Chinese". In Holland, the Chinese learning fervor is growing day by day."
To the end of the competition, students from the preparatory school of Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam presented a song "Beijing Welcomes You" which took the competition to climax.
All contestants were awarded with prizes and certificates of merit. Three contestants from Erasmiaans Gymnasium and Hilversum Middle School will represent all Dutch students to go to Chongqing to attend the semi-finals and final of the third "Chinese Bridge" Competition. One of the winners, Teun de planque, said: "I am happy to win, and also looking forward to the finals in Chongqing." Finally, Mr. Zhang Jinxiong from Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, Mr. Luo Ping from the Education department, and Professor Zhou Jiajuan from Confucius Institute of Hague presented prizes for all winners.
Youth is the future of the world. "Chinese Bridge" is a bridge connected the world with China. The annual Chinese Proficiency Competition and the "Chinese Bridge" competition in Holland is sure to build a bridge of friendship between the Dutch people and the Chinese people.
We all look forward to next year's "Chinese Bridge"!
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