Year 8 Mandarin speaking students from Room 19 entered the 2nd New Zealand Elementary and Secondary School Students' Chinese Short Film Contest, hosted by the International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) at Auckland University, and the New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association. The competition is intended to encourage student interest and enthusiasm in learning Chinese and to enhance their understanding of Chinese language and culture.


Students entered a film in the theme "Chinese is Fun", and wrote several drafts before finally settling on a screenplay. They filmed their short film, both at school, at home and in the community, working on it throughout the school holidays. Their film is about why it is important to learn Mandarin and they play this out in different contexts. The group were well supported by our Mandarin Teacher and International Student Administrator, Mrs Yi Wen Wu.


The group comprised of domestic and international students and it was tremendous to see students helping each other to grasp the written and spoken form of the language, supporting one another, interacting effectively and using their collaborative skills to complete an entry they can be really proud of. The name of the film is: 00教室/Millennials Classroom and the Room 19 students to produce this film include: Tiana (Shu Tong) Wu; Selina Yang, Yi Xiao He, Lisa (Rui Ying) Ye, Damian Chen, Haylie Fu, Tracy Lau, Vivian (Yi Tong) Pan, and Wendy (Jin Wen) Yu. The children have been invited to the prize giving and will receive a Merit award for their efforts.