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.
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
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.
Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of the ACT
ACT Chinese Recitation Competition held for the first time in May 2019. Main aims are to encourage the learning of Chinese and to raise the standard of spoken Chinese. Entry is open to any learner of Chinese in the ACT, with four age groups between 5 and 25 years old and two categories: Chinese-speaking and non-Chinese speaking families. For more information contact Yuyang Chen at email@example.com
Chinese Bridge 汉语桥（Hanyuqiao） Proficiency Competition. 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. For more information, contact Dr Li Fuxin, at firstname.lastname@example.org