The students holding awards and certificates with their Chinese teacher Miss Amy Ko
The students holding awards and certificates with their Chinese teacher Miss Amy Ko

Auckland's Meadowbank School started its Chinese language programme in 2010 and became a Confucius Classroom school in 2015. Since the very beginning, there have been over 600 Meadowbank students, from Year 2 to 6, taking Chinese as a second language subject in each year. The school and its community are very proud that it could develop such a solid language programme to help their pupils to be better engaged into the changing world.

On 22 March, a special award presentation was held at Meadowbank School to honour the two hundred students who took part in the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) last November. All of them passed with fantastic results. Twelve high achievers received their awards and YCT certificates in the assembly.

Students were very excited and proud of their achievement. Year 6 student Sophie said, “The test definitely made me work a lot harder, and it helped me to learn more Chinese vocabulary and sentences. My confidence has grown a lot more.”

Another high achiever Amelie said, “I was excited to sit the test. I was surprised to see my results. I felt my hard work has been paid off. Both my Mum and Dad came to the presentation assembly and they were very proud of my achievements.”

YCT (Youth Chinese Test) is an international Chinese language proficiency test administered by the Confucius Institute.