Urswick pupil wins second prize in national Mandarin speaking competition

On Tuesday 2nd February, Year 9 student Matilde Gomes has come second in the national Mandarin Chinese speaking competition. Matilde, who only started lessons in Mandarin a year ago, beat off competition from 76 different schools to reach the final. She had to give a two minute presentation, answer questions and translate sentences from English to Mandarin Chinese.

Richard Brown, Headteacher, said: ‘We have recently introduced the teaching of mandarin Chinese to a group of our most able students, who also have the chance to study either Spanish or French. The Chinese economy is expanding rapidly and only a small number of non-Chinese children in English school are being taught Mandarin. The ability to speak Mandarin will be a great asset to our children in the future. They are also learning to speak and write in a language that is so different to ours.’

Students at The Urswick School will sit GCSE and ‘A’ level Mandarin Chinese exams in the future.

Matilde, who was presented with a trophy said, ‘It was nice to see that all schools, public and private, could compete together. I did much better than I expected and was so close to finishing first. It’s made me realise my talent for speaking Mandarin and I will be carrying on the language in the future. I will also be back next year to win 1st place.’ 

 


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