The Mandarin section of the 2018 Jersey Eisteddfod Autumn festival was held on 29th November. This year, eight of our students entered into the competition from primary and secondary school level. The quality of knowledge and performance in the Eisteddfod this year has been exceptional and this truly reflects how hard the students have been working both in class and in the preparation leading up to the competition.
This year’s winner from the primary class, receiving a platinum award, was Tayla Davis from Les Landes Primary School. Tayla has been studying with ThinkChinese over the past two years and sat her YCT2 exam shortly before the competition. Winner from the secondary class was Isabel from JCG. She was once again awarded platinum for her performance this year, making it her third Eisteddfod win. Isabel started secondary school in September this year, after having been learning Chinese for the last three years. Over that time, Isabel sat YCT Level 1 and 2, and YCT speaking assessments. She obtained great results for all the assessments.
It is also worth mentioning our youngest candidate, Harry Catterson, a gold award winner in the Primary School class category. At the age of six, Harry has already been learning Chinese for over a year. The adjudicators decided to award him with trophy for his wonderful performance.
Our two adjudicators this year were Eliza Grantham and Donald Brown. Eliza studied translating and interpreting at Bath University and currently works as a professional translator. Donald is the former principal of St Brelade’s College and has been learning Chinese for a number of years. Both Donald and Eliza have been very supportive of our language school and are passionate about promoting the Chinese language and culture in the Island.
In closing the Eisteddfod, Eliza commented on how fluent the students sounded in their pronunciations and their tones. She praised all students on performing their pieces with both personality and sophistication.
Whilst looking forward to having more students involved in the competition next year, we will continue to invite industry professionals to be our adjudicators. They are well placed to share comments on our candidates’ performance and insights about learning Chinese across the UK. Our students will benefit from it and feel even more inspired to continue their learning.