After preparing and submitting their video about Chinese Culture in Perth, it was announced last week that Year 10 students, Sophie Taylor, Kate Leishman and Sarah Hillyer had come equal first with Perth Modern School in the Inaugural Confucius Institute Cultural Video competition.
Their production was professional, entertaining and informative and showcased their visits to various Chinese cultural venues in Northbridge. At the Shanghai Tea Garden they had some traditional Chinese tea; at the Chung Wah Dance Studio they participated in some beautiful Chinese dance, and played traditional games with local Chinese people in Perth's little China Town. Their research, organisation and production done outside of school hours, showed a great deal of initiative, skill and imagination and for their efforts, Sophie, Kate and Sarah will share a cash prize of $800.
The College has been teaching Chinese for more than six years since it was successful in receiving funding from the Confucius Institute of WA for a dedicated Confucius classroom in 2011. Since its inception the program has provided for the purchase of teaching materials, cultural experiences and support for educational visits to China.
Sophie, one of the students who travelled to China, said she loves studying Chinese, but it was very challenging.
"There are thousands of characters to learn and so many different ways to speak the language, but it is very fulfilling when you are able to understand the language" she said.
In 2017 four more Chinese language students will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.