A 14 year old Leixlip student has won a trip to China following her success in a Chinese language competition.
Aisling Chambers, Confey Community College won the trip to tour the Forbidden City, the Emperor’s Summer Palace and the Great Wall, before representing her country at the World Chinese Bridge Contest in Yunnan, China.The Lucan resident is one of four people selected nationally following the 6th Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students in Ireland in June, organised by University College Cork’s (UCC) Confucius Institute and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
The two-week all expenses paid visit will culminate in the students battling it out with over 1000 of their global counterparts, as the judges seek the most eloquent Mandarin Chinese speakers.
In 2012, Confey Community College became the first school in the country to offer Mandarin Chinese as a full junior cycle subject. Aisling and 17 classmates are now two years into a three-years study programme on the Chinese language.
Although there is not yet a Junior Cert exam in Chinese, the students will complete a level of the Chinese Cultural Institute’s Youth Chinese Test each year.Confey College Principal Niall Hare said:. “We’ve been very lucky to have had two tremendous teachers and the great support we’ve had from Paul Lu and Anne Gallagher in the Language Department of NUIM Maynooth.”