Nine girls attended the Victory Services Club on Friday to take part in the Southern Heat of the HSBC/British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition.
Year 9 student Astrid, Miriam (Year 8) and Lola Rose (Year 12) braved the Individual Categories, where they had to give a two-minute presentation, which they had written themselves. This was followed by questions in Chinese and an on-the-spot translation of sentences from English to Chinese. Lola, who entered the Advanced Category, also had to give a one-minute impromptu speech. All three girls did a fantastic job, showing steely nerves as well as brilliant Chinese. It was a very tough competition, and they faced students from more than 90 other schools.
Congratulations to Astrid and Lola Rose, who successful competed against many other excellent candidates and will be taking part in final competition.
The Group Performance was a 5-minute play, featuring Amelia and Angelica from Year 10, Nadia-Angela, Anne-Amelie, and Liv from Year 9 and Tejal from Year 8. Despite other commitments, they all performed very well.
Well done to all the students involved and many thanks to Miss Zhao for giving up her lunchtimes and after school time to help the girls perfect their pronunciation. The girls now move into the final competition, which will take place at the British Museum in February. They are now competing for the first prize: a trip to Beijing.