19th Rotorua Inter Schools Chinese Speech Competition Successfully Held

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington [Time]    2019-09-04 14:23:11 

For the 19th year running, the Rotorua Inter-schools Chinese Speech Competition was successfully held at Toi Ohomoi Institute of Technology on Friday 23th August. The Judges were Prof. Zhao Yezhu Co-Director of Confucius Institute and Kwei-yi Dannenbring as well as Acting Director Adele Bryant of Confucius Institute.Over 180 students from 21 Schools participated.

Group Photo

The competition was emceed by Chinese teacher Laytee George, whose passion for teaching Chinese language has been a key driver for Rotorua becoming a regional hub for the Confucius Institute’s Mandarin Language Assistants (MLA) programme. The competition was organised into age/school year, native and non-native groups. Many students used a combination of speech and song to talk about their lives, study, and hopes and dreams for the future.

Award Ceremony

At the prize giving ceremony, new Director of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, Adele Bryant, spoke about the relevance of young New Zealanders building up their China capability, drawing on her own experience of learning Chinese and successful career as a New Zealand diplomat.