A number of organisations arrange competitions and other activities in the ACT to encourage students to learn more about Chinese language and culture. The following are some examples.
Australia-China Friendship Society ACT Branch
The Panda competition: an annual competition for students in the ACT from pre-school to high school level. Entrants creatively focus on a nominated topic related to China or Chinese culture (a drawing, painting, essay, poem, or other creative individual effort appropriate to the student’s age and school grade).
School Awards: presented annually to the best Chinese language student and the most improved Chinese language student, from government high schools and colleges in the ACT.
Annual lantern-making workshop - participants learn how to make a variety of paper lanterns which can be taken to the Lantern Festival the following week-end
Annual Lantern Festival: Celebrates the end of the the Chinese New Year on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin with performances of Chinese music and dancing, a lion dance, a hand-made lantern competition and a spectacular lantern parade.
Asia Pacific Day: An annual event offering school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 the opportunity to visit ANU for a full day of talks and presentations on current and topical issues facing Australia and it’s engagement with Asia and the Pacific. For more details CLICK HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ANU EngageAsia Immersion workshops: To help Year 10 & 11 high school students improve their language skills and knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region. For more details CLICK HERE
Schools can ask for guest lectures on and off campus on a range of topics: CLICK HERE for more info
ALMA and Mandarin for Fun
A weekly Mandarin language radio broadcast to support ACT families - both Chinese and non-Chinese speaking - whose children are learning Mandarin, and to motivate children to practice their Mandarin skills. For more informaion CLICK HERE
An initiative of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). Open to high school students, aged 15 to 20, of non-Chinese nationality who have been born and grown up outside China and whose first language is not Chinese. The ACT preliminary round of this annual international competition is organised by the Canberra Chinese Language Teachers' Society. For more information, contact the Society President, Dr Li Fuxin, at email@example.com
The ACT Mandarin Presentation Contest and Awards Ceremony
Co-organised by the ACT Education and Training Directorate and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia. Award winners from each of the participating schools are invited to attend the event to formally receive awards. The ceremony includes Mandarin showcases designed by Mandarin learners guided by Mandarin teachers.