This April, a Confucius Institute at QUT (CIQ) team travelled to Rockhampton to judge the first regional competition of the 2019 CIQ and Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Queensland (CLTAQ) Queensland Chinese Speaking Competition, hosted by Heights College.
CIQ supports annual regional competitions in Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns and Hervey Bay, where winners in each category can be awarded a CIQ travel bursary to compete in the final competition in Brisbane. CIQ is committed to providing opportunities and support for Queensland regional school students, with up to 32 bursaries available in 2019.
The 48 competitors gave speeches on a range of topics, all well-presented and interesting. The judges agree that they are looking forward to seeing more from these students in the future.
After the competition, CIQ staff were joined by more than 100 students (and some teachers!) for Gong Fu and Chinese folk dancing. CIQ staff greatly enjoy the opportunity to share Chinese cultural experiences with the community, and noticed a lot of talent in their groups!
CIQ values its strong working relationship with Heights College. We were delighted, again, with the large number of students competing this year. The valuable support from the Principal, Mr Darren Lawson, and the teachers, lead by Ms Yu, always ensures that our visits to Rockhampton are a great success for all involved.
As part of the CIQ’s 10 year anniversary celebrations, in partnership with Study Queensland, we are celebrating the 30 year Sister State relationship between Queensland and Shanghai. Study Queensland has provided a $30,000 Partnership Grant to award the eight first prize winners of the 2019 Chinese Speaking Competition final in Brisbane the opportunity to travel to Shanghai and Beijing in the June/July holidays 2019.
The CIQ is very grateful for the support of Study Queensland and all our partners who continue to support our goal of more young Queenslanders learning Chinese.