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Outstanding students at Chinese Writing Competition commended

More than 30 winners of the Chinese Writing Competition 2016 were commended at the prize presentation ceremony held at Hong Kong House yesterday (October 6) in recognition of their outstanding achievements in Chinese learning.

The Deputy Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney (HKETO), Mr Bernard Lo, and the Chairman of the National Chinese Language Education Council of NSW Inc. (Council), Dr Zheng Xuefeng officiated at the ceremony. More than 70 people comprising Council members, student participants and their parents as well as their teachers attended the ceremony.

Chinese Writing Competition 2016 was co-organised by the HKETO and the Council. It was held at Strathfield Girls High School on September 3, and attracted more than 150 Chinese learning students of primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions to take part.

The competition was divided into five groups based on the age of the participants, with the youngest group of nine years old to the eldest of 19 years old. Themes of the competition topics were related to cuisine, culture and festivals of Hong Kong. The two younger group participants were required to make sentences or write short essays with Hong Kong pictures provided. Participants for the other three groups had to produce longer essays by choosing one of the Hong Kong topics provided.

This was the first time for the HKETO to join hands with the Council to organise a Hong Kong theme Chinese Writing Competition. Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Lo said, "Through the competition, we hope to attract more local people to learn Chinese and promote Chinese culture."

"Writing about Hong Kong will enhance participants' understanding of Hong Kong as the Asia’s World City."

Dr Zheng said, "The competition provided a very good platform for the Chinese learning students to practise their writing skill, and also to test their learning outcome."

A judging panel comprising members of HKETO and the Council selected first, second and third prize winners for each category. The winners were each awarded a commendation certificate and a coupon. The competition also offered merit prizes. Winners were each awarded a merit certificate.


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