International Competition Winners

Friday 14th October 2022

Last week, three of our Upper Sixth pupils studying Chinese for Pre-U received news of their success in the 2022 SACU-Peking University Essay Competition. This is a prestigious international competition which attracts pupils from the UK and China to participate.

Many congratulations to Max D M who won the 1st Prize, Iona G the 2nd Prize and Sean R the 3rd Prize.

The competition was launched in 2015 as part of SACU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, with the aim to promote understanding between the UK and China and to explore how this might be further developed. The head judge of the competition was Dr Frances Wood, a renowned author and expert on China and the former Head of Chinese Collections at the British Library.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Our Shared Environment and Responsibilities: What Do You See as the Most Positive Way?’. Pupils were invited to explore environmental development in both the UK and China to develop responses to the theme with wide ranging perspectives and profound analysis. Max D M’s winning essay titled ‘The UK and China: What is the Future of our Power’ considered the possibility of establishing nuclear fusion as a realistic and functional source of power via scientific collaboration between the UK and China.

Amanda Woodford, Head of Modern Languages, said: “To secure every spot on the podium is an incredible achievement and in the Modern Languages Department we couldn’t be more proud.”

Qingwei Li
Head of Chinese

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