WA student Dayle D'Mello (left) with Miss Yanyu Su
Our warmest congratulations to Rossmoyne Senior High School student Dayle D'Mello, who finished in the Top 10 in the world in the global Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) competition.
More than 200 students from 100 nations competed in the event, which this year was held in Zhengzhou, China.
Dayle was supported throughout by Confucius Institute at UWA volunteer Yanyu Su, who travelled to China with Dayle and helped her manage the rigorous two-week long schedule.
WA students have enjoyed remarkable success in both the secondary and college students' divisions of this competition. Last year, fellow Rossmoyne Senior High School student Anna Bullard won the Oceania prize for the secondary students' division, as did Methodist Ladies' College student Kylee Kotula in 2017. In 2018, UWA student Theo Stapleton also took out the Oceania prize in the college students' division. Prizes include very generous scholarships to study at a university in China.
The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students, which was launched in 2008, is the largest international Chinese language competition in the world. Students aged 15 years and over who do not speak Chinese as a first language take part to demonstrate their language proficiency, knowledge of China, and skill in a cultural performance such as music or art.
The competition aims to be a fun and rewarding experience which will motivate students to continue their Mandarin studies while giving them the chance to meet others learning the language. The event is organised by Confucius Institute Headquarters, known as Hanban, which is located in Beijing.
We encourage all WA Chinese language students to take part in next year's competition. Those who go on to represent Australia in the global finals in China have their airfares and accommodation fully covered. Details will be available here next year.