Friday, 17 September 2021

Speaking Mandarin

FIVE students at Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre in Caversham have reached the national final of a Chinese speaking

FIVE students at Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre in Caversham have reached the national final of a Chinese speaking competition.

Kit Taylor and Grace Hannibal, both 12, and 13-year-olds Emily Brooks, Ewan Harris and Joe Webb-Barratt will compete against other schools at the British Museum on February 9.

The competition, run by the British Council and HSBC, is aimed at students who are non-native speakers in order to encourage greater interest in Chinese language and culture as it is important to the UK’s future prosperity.

Chinese is already spoken by more than a billion people worldwide and is gaining greater and greater importance, with China being the world’s second biggest economy.

However, only one per cent of UK adults can speak Mandarin Chinese.



The Highdown pupils qualified via a regional heat and if they win the final would be awarded a trip to Beijing.

Headteacer Rachel Cave said: “We are all very proud of them and wish them the best of luck for the final.”

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