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Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia holds the 11th Mandarin Presentation Contest Awards Ceremony

The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia (TECO) held its annual Mandarin Presentation Contest Awards Ceremony on the 9th of November, 2017. This event is co-organised by the ACT Education Directorate to recognise outstanding students in the ACT schools who take part in Mandarin language programs. This year’s ceremony marked its 11th year.

Ken Wei-Chung Lai, the Deputy Representative of Taiwan in Australia, Natalie Howson, the Director-General of ACT Education Directorate, and Chen Jiachi Secretary of the Education Division of TECO, together with school principals and Mandarin teachers from 10 ACT schools and the Australian National University, all congratulated the students for their efforts and achievements learning Mandarin.

This year 1,292 students entered Mandarin Presentation Contest activities, and 52 winners were selected. Each school used its own preferred contest format, including for example: giving an oral presentation, free style dialogue, speaking contest, short film creation, and interviews. The 52 winners were invited to attend the Mandarin Presentation Contest Awards Ceremony to formally receive their awards.

This annual award ceremony offers dedicated Mandarin teachers and students a platform to showcase the successes of their Mandarin program through various forms of performance. This year’s ceremony concluded with a presentation of 11 performances, designed by students with the guidance of their Mandarin teachers. Among the many highlights were:
●Gungahlin College: An Acknowledgement of Country delivered by Aboriginal student Sophia Engelhardt in Mandarin
●Mawson Primary School: Mandarin songs sung by the K-Year 2 Junior Choir, and Grade 4 MIP students
●Two videos created by Alice You-An Zhang and Zoe Jui-Yu Kao to promote the Ministry of Education Mandarin teaching assistants program in ACT schools. The teaching assistants shared reflections of their experience teaching Mandarin at Kingsford Smith School and Melrose High School.