On August 2, the 13th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held online in New Zealand. Reina Jones from Whanganui High School won the junior first prize and Jake Doyle from ACG Parnell College in New Zealand won the senior first prize.
On August 2, the 13th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held online in New Zealand.
"There are over 6,000 secondary school students studying Chinese in New Zealand ", said Tony Browne, Chairman of the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. "You are qualified for the finals because of your efforts and your language skills, as well as your achievements in learning Chinese. In fact, you are already winners. You are the best of New Zealand high school students learning Chinese."
He hoped the contestants would seize the opportunity. "It will lead you to the future and direction you have not yet known, and I hope you can continue to learn Chinese," he said.
The theme of the competition is "Fly high with Chinese". It consists of a speech, a talent show and a free question and answer session.
"China is our largest trading partner. China receives a quarter of our exports. China is incredibly important to the Economy of New Zealand. So speaking Chinese and understanding Chinese culture is the only way for New Zealand and China to have a smooth trade relationship." During the question and answer session, Luca said: "When I was a kid, I lived in Beijing for five years and visited many places in China, such as Inner Mongolia, Chengdu, Shanghai, Wuhan and so on. I love China."
On August 2, the 13th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held online in New Zealand. The speech delivered by Luca.
"The impact of the coronavirus on China, New Zealand and the world is huge, but China is amazing, and China is a model for the rest of the world, so I think it's my dream to learn Chinese well and go to China," said Jake Doyle in an impassible speech titled "Cheer for China".
During the talent show, contestants pulled out all the best to bring Chinese songs such as "The Moon represents my Heart" "Descendants of the Dragon" "Plum Blossom" "Jasmine" "Tomorrow will be better" "Little Apple" and poetry recitation "Guan Ju", ramen noodles, Chinese calligraphy, Tai Chi performance, fan dance and more.
Ms. Adele Bryant, director of Confucius institute at Victoria university of Wellington said: "Seeing the students and the teacher's response to new forms of online game is exciting, we think that this form will make the future more students to participate, we are glad to see from outside the Wellington to participate, they have come from Auckland, Christchurch, TaoLang and Rotorua in many places the such as students, they have always been interest in learning Chinese and understand Chinese."
Mr.Dong Zhixue, Educational Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand, said in his concluding remarks that the competition was held online out of concern about the COVID-19 and concern for the health of the players. Surprisingly, after the "lockdown" for a long time, the contestants still showed their love for Chinese language and culture in the competition. They all performed very well, representing the highest level of Chinese learning in New Zealand's junior and senior high schools. "China is not only the first largest trading partner of New Zealand, is also the first big source of international students in New Zealand, the English is also the first language of small and medium-sized students choose to study in New Zealand, bilateral relations is very important, I hope you continue to learn Chinese well, and to learn Chinese together with your future career development, to promote the new angel of communication between the two countries, to promote the further development of bilateral relations."