THE 2015 Ballarat China Challenge prize-giving ceremony was held last Wednesday in the Ballarat Town Hall.
Primary school pupils involved in a Chinese themed art competition were recognised and their artwork was on display. The theme for this year’s China Challenge is Chinese New Year Animals. The competition provides an exciting opportunity for pupils to learn about and celebrate Chinese language and culture.
The Ballarat China Community Committee organises the challenge, which is now in its 19th year.
The City of Ballarat is a proud supporter. Previous themes include dragons, terracotta warriors and the Beijing Olympics.
Ballarat Mayor Cr John Philips helped to honour the pupils during the 2015 prize-giving ceremony, watched on by
Ballarat China Community Committee representatives, primary school pupils, teachers and parents John Watson, from the Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre in Ararat, attended the ceremony and presented the prize to the winner, which was Little Bendigo Primary School. The Ballarat China Challenge is an annual council run event and it enables students of participating schools that teach Chinese as a second language, to enter the competition. While focusing on this year’s theme, the choice of medium was left to the students to choose. This year six schools participated (last year there were 14) including the Ballarat and Ararat area. “We have been in the China challenge for the past 5 or six years,” said Janet Tuaine from Little Bendigo Primary School. “This is our first win we have come runner-up two years in a row – so we were pretty excited to get this year.
“Last year the school had its first trip to China and the children really enjoyed that.”