Chinese awards celebrate linguistic excellence

Posted on in Junior School

On Friday 18 September, 16 students from St Mary’s College were recognised for their achievements in the Tasmanian Chinese Speaking Competition and Chinese Language Day Poster Competition at the annual award ceremony hosted by The Friends’ School.

Anya Nordinson and Amelia Santos (Year 3) both won second place in the Chinese Speaking Competition (Year 3 and 4 Poetry group), while Nina Canning (Year 5) was named as the State Champion in the Chinese Language Day Poster competition.

Year 5 student, Amy Houareau’s performance of the Chinese folk song Jasmine Flower 茉莉花 impressed the audience of almost 200 people at the celebration, showcasing her creativity and commitment to mastering the Chinese language.

The joyous evening was filled with inspiration and camaraderie, with attendees from St Mary’s College and their families enjoying a variety of cultural performances, including the Holy Lion Dance and Chinese music instrument playing.

Our Chinese Teacher, Helen Han, has received heartfelt gratitude from parents for organising this special event, and our students are already looking forward to next year’s competitions.


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