Finals of the Chinese Language Skills Competition for Thailand’s Secondary School Students held in the Confucius Classroom at Suankularb Wittayalai School

[Source]    the Confucius Classroom at Suankularb Wittayalai School [Time]    2015-09-16 16:23:23 
 

On September 4, 2015, the finals of the Chinese Language Skills Competition for Thailand’s Secondary School Students were held in the Confucius Classroom at Suankularb Wittayalai School who co-sponsored the event with the Office of the Basic Education Commission of the Thai Ministry of Education. A total of 108 contestants took part in the finals.

At the opening ceremony, Uthaiwan Chalermchai, a Chinese language project officer of the Thai Ministry of Education, and Cherdsak Supasopon, Principal of Suankularb Wittayalai School, delivered a speech respectively. Ms. Uthaiwan Chalermchai thanked the Confucius Classroom at Suankularb Wittayalai School for the enormous efforts it had made for the competition. Dr. Cherdsak Supasopon welcomed the 108 contestants who came from the various parts of Thailand and wished them to do their best in the finals.

This competition was mainly divided into two categories: Chinese stage play performance and Chinese storytelling performance. The preliminaries were held by the 18 language centers of the Thai Ministry of Education. Over 1,300 students from more than 150 schools competed in the preliminaries and eventually 108 contestants from 36 schools got into the finals. Consisting of two contests – storytelling contest and stage play contest, the finals had 18 participating teams for each contest.

In the storytelling contest, the contestants performed not only traditional Chinese folk tales, such as “Be There Just to Make Up the Number”, “The Fox Borrows the Tiger’s Awe”, and “The Blind Men Trying to Size Up the Elephant”, but also fairy tales such as “The Fisherman and the Goldfish” and “Little Red Riding Hood”. A contestant from Triam Udom Suksa School, when telling the tale of “The Fisherman and the Goldfish”, switched roles among the three characters, fisherman, his wife, and the fish. The lively and understated performance made the audience burst into laughter.

The stage play contest, with performances on various topics, was full of excitement. It included traditional stories such as “The Monkey King and the White Bone Demon”, “Peacocks Flying Southeast”, and “To Stand by a Tree Stump Waiting for a Hare”, self-produced and self-directed plays like “Mom and Baby Piglets”, “Going Home” and “Volleyball, Drugs and Friends”, as well as plays of new subjects that combined Chinese and Thai elements and closely followed the trend of the times, such as “Doraemon” and “Journey to Thailand”. The audience, sometimes laughing loudly and sometimes bursting into tears, was deeply impressed by the performances of the contestants. 

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Stage play “Mom and Baby Piglets”

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The first prize winner of the storytelling contest

Finally, after fierce competition, Nuntikan Pattapee from Rayong School won the first prize of the storytelling contest with her story “A Frog in a Well” and the team from Yupparaj Wittayalai School won the first prize of the stage play contest with their superb performances and ingenious plot in the play “Volleyball, Drugs and Friends”.

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The first prize winners of the stage play contest

By Xu Yi

 
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