HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition
The HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition is run by the British Council, is open to UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man secondary schools and is for non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. We are super proud of our Year 13 pupil, Ailis Keyes, who was the first ever participant in the advanced category of the Northern Irish heat, which took place on 20/11/2019. Her Mandarin teacher, Zhang Xiaojing and SWC’s Mandarin Coordinator Linda Beatty, accompanied her to the event. Ailis unfortunately didn’t make it through to the national final on this occasion, but it was an amazing achievement and a fantastic experience regardless. Ailis agrees that participation in the competition at this high level has increased her motivation for learning the language, has developed her vocabulary and indeed improved her pronunciation. Through her experience, Ailis has been inspired to discover even more about Chinese culture.
We are immensely proud of Niamh, our champion Year 12 Show-Jumper, who has had phenomenal recent success in her sport. In August she represented Ireland at the European Championships in Poland, where she and her teammates won team Gold. Niamh was the only girl on the team and she also finished 9th individually. Following her top 10 finish at the Europeans, she was invited to compete at the Longines Masters show in Paris and the World Cup show in Lyon in December. She has also been selected to compete on the Irish team in Belgium later this month for the final of the Nations Cup Series, which Ireland are leading. Niamh most recently returned from the National Championships in Mullingar, where she won the u16 National Champion title.
Niamh’s mum thanked Loreto for all their support. She offered a special word of thanks to the PE department who she said “continue to foster and encourage a love of sport and physical activity in all the young girls that they teach”.