Final of 2017 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in New Zealand Division Concludes

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand [Time]    2017-07-05 17:26:24 
 

On June 10th local time, the final of 2017 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in the New Zealand division organized by the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington concluded in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. 30 winners from all over New Zealand participated in the final. Wang Lutong, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand, Chen Yue, Education Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand, Liu Wansheng, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in Auckland, Zhai Jianjun, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch, Chinese and foreign directors of three Confucius Institutes in New Zealand and others attended and watched the competition. About 150 people including contestants’ instructors and groups of relatives and friends attended the award ceremony.

The competition was divided into two groups, namely Senior Secondary Group and Junior Secondary Group, and consisted of three sections: Chinese speeches, impromptu Q & A and talent shows. As for Chinese speeches, centering on the theme of “Learn Chinese, Double Your World”, contestants shared their interesting stories during Chinese learning, and talked about their friends made when learning Chinese and a brand new world showed by Chinese learning. In the section of impromptu Q & A, contestants fully showed their improvisation ability, Chinese proficiency and abundant knowledge accumulation of Chinese culture. In the last section, contestants presented various kinds of performances including folk dances, Kung Fu, instrumental playing, and Chinese songs, through which they showed the joy of Chinese learning in an enthusiastic, confident and vigorous manner, winning applause and screaming from the audience.

After fierce competition, Taylin Smith from Lincoln High School and Mahammad Khan from Rotorua Boys’ High School respectively won the championships of Senior Secondary Group and Junior Secondary Group.

At the award ceremony, Wang Lutong, Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand, envisioned the development of Chinese learning in New Zealand and the whole world at large from the respective of China-New Zealand relations and cultural exchanges. He fully affirmed the efforts and contributions made by the three Confucius institutes in New Zealand to promoting Chinese language, highly appraised the outstanding performances of the contestants , and believed that the their ’ Chinese proficiency has been improved year by year and their understanding of China has been increasingly deepened. Wang Lutong encouraged the contestants to continuously well study Chinese and to strive to become a “bridge” for China-New Zealand exchanges and an “envoy” for cultural transmission.


Wang Lutong speaking at the closing ceremony

Tony Brown, former New Zealand’s Ambassador to China and Chairman of the Board of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington expounded the importance of Chinese learning to New Zealand’s social development from the perspective of multi-cultural society. Tony Brown expressed that multi-culture is not the simple gather of people with different culture, but mutual learning, mutual appreciation and mutual integration between people with different culture, among which the most important aspect is language learning. The craze for Chinese language in New Zealand and the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese proficiency competition are exactly manifestations of New Zealand’s social characteristic of multi-culture. Tony Brown presented New Zealand-China Council Award to the champion of Senior Secondary Group


Tony Brown speaking at the closing ceremony


Chen Yue presenting awards to prize-winning contestants


Group photo of winners from Junior Secondary Group


Group photo