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Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School
Dear teachers, students and parents,
Today, I would like to announce some good news: XJS students obtained wonderful achievements in the Five Continents Chinese Youth Chinese Character Chess Competition this week.
About 1100 competitors coming from over 30 Chinese language schools and community organizations of 10 countries in the five continents have participated the online Chinese chess competition and 240 of them have entered the final round. XJS students have performed pretty well in the competition. Ziyi Gu and other 5 students got the first prizes, Huixin Lin and other 5 got the second prizes and Jiarui Wang and other 5 students got the third prizes. In the total 22 first prizes, 6 are from XJS, which is 27%. Ziyi Gu from MJ campus ranked the fourth in the final ranking and the twin sisters Liqian Huang and Liyan Huang from MS campus both got the first prizes. What an achievement!
Meanwhile, in the offline competition (Australia sub-field) earlier, Jiayue Yang and other 11 students from MJ campus got the first prizes, 25 students got the second prizes and 45 got the third prizes. Jiayue Yan who ranked the first made a speech on the opening ceremony of the Five Continents Chinese Youth Chinese Character Chess Competition as the only participant representative. Shujie Zhang from MJ campus registered for both online and offline competitions and won the first prize separately.
I would like to present my sincere congratulations to all the participants and those who have won prizes, their teachers and parents. XJS students obtained great achievements in last year’s competition and they performed even better this year. I believe it has shown how well our Chinese language teaching has performed as well.
The Chinese character chess was invented by Ningbo Chinese Character Applied Research Institute in 2014. Initially, the game was introduced to primary and secondary school students in China. In 2019, the game was introduced to overseas born Chinese youth participating in Chinese Culture Camp for the first time which was largely welcomed as it encourages students’ interest in Chinese language learning in a fun way. From then on, the Chinese character chess stepped outside China and now over 100 Chinese language schools in over 30 countries have taught the game to their students. XJS students were so lucky to try the taste of the game in 2019 in Chinese Culture Camp in Ningbo and brought the game back to XJS later.
From the 11th to 20th August, a special Chinese Culture Camp focused on Chinese character chess was organised by the Yinzhou office of Ningbo All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and experts were invited to teach students how to play the game. Over 200 students joined the camp and was soon attracted by the beauty of various combinations of Chinese characters in the game.
Jiayue Yang who participated both the Chinese Culture Camp Yinzhou Camp and Chinese chess competition said she gained a lot through participating the event and enjoyed the beauty of Chinese characters. The game has also improved her logic thinking skills which she really appreciates. She invites more students to join the game and experience the magic of Chinese characters.
Shujie Zhang believes the game would become more popular in the future. The Chinese character chess creates an environment where people could learn Chinese characters through the game. People can play with other students in school, with their parents at home and even with others from all over the world online.
The instructor Peifen Xu says the Chinese character chess is a fun game of learning Chinese characters for students outside China and it could be the platform of communication in Chinese when they leave the school.
In short, Chinese character chess is an excellent tool of Chinese language learning and you are more than welcome to join the game.
Spring is coming. It is the season of new beginnings and new life. I believe our Chinese language learning will embrace a fresh new look in Spring.
Kevin Hu, Principal
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