THE language and culture of China was celebrated yesterday when Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch announced the winners of the Australia-China Friendship Society ACT Panda Competition.
The Panda Competition began in 1995 to promote the study of Chinese language and culture by school aged children living in Canberra.
Prizes are awarded in each age category and the Lee Hiscox Award is presented to the student with the most creative entry. “The annual competition sees students from preschool primary and high school create a drawing painting essay or poem to a theme.
This year’s theme was “The Horse in Chinese History and Art.”
The Lee Hiscox Award went to Zoe Little of Torrens Primary and an award for the “Most creative” going to Timothy Chatfield also of Torrens Primary.
“The languages our students are learning now will equip them to enter the Asian century as skilled and capable individuals not just because of their language skills but also their understanding of other cultures” Ms Burch said adding that the number of students in ACT public schools learning Mandarin had risen 240 per cent since 2007 to 1365 students in 2014.
Ms Burch thanked the President Carol Keil and members of the Australia-Chinese Friendship Society ACT for encouraging students to enjoy and continue with their learning of the Chinese language and culture.
The Panda Competition Prize Winners 2014 are Jaydon Lau, Mia Ikeda, Demi Katheklakis, Matisse Vignon, Alicia Martinez, Tinura Abeyrathne, Ethan Wen, Lucy Mei Yang-Tobler, Lily McCormack, Thomas Liu, Yusen Bai, Loki Ryan, Kate Katheklakis, Sarah Zhang, Mehmet Irfan, Caitlin McRae, Margot Franklin, Seamus Stanier, Torrens Primary, Sam Allen, Sarah McKinnon, Bella Williams, Lilly Farrington, Aleena Mufti, Selina Xu, Paige Little, Janez Zagar, Torrens Primary, Isra Eski, Aran Simpson, Caitlin Allen, Thomas Dynon, Airlie Veal, Bryce Van Ewyk, Charlotte Bray, Angus Gill, Grace Bacon, Zoe Little, Jack Murray, Tommy Lu, Sean Schmid, Shannon Lanza, Timothy Chatfield, Sabrina Padgham, Tyler Jean Ryan, Jade Hutterer and Charlie Brazil.