Our finalists in the group and individual sections of the HSBC/British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition travelled to the British Museum in central London, where they joined 11 other teams from around the UK to compete in this national competition for the top prize of a trip to China.
Every year the number of schools entering the competition grows and the standard seems to get higher and higher – something commented on by this year’s judges. Last year an NHEHS team won, so expectations were high and we all felt quite a bit of pressure and some nerves, including we teachers!
After an introduction by Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Education the competition got under way. Our girls performed their short play brilliantly and with great fluency while our individual finalists spoke with confidence and accuracy. We were particularly proud of everyone’s pronunciation which was excellent.
It was a fantastic event and the students were wonderful. We didn’t win this year and have to be content with the runners up prize in the group final and third place in the Advanced Individual category. Nevertheless these are great achievements and we are very proud of all our finalists.