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CLS competes in Mandarin Speaking Competition

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

After weeks of script writing and gruelling rehearsals, Friday 1 December saw a group of Third, Fourth and Fifth Formers compete in the Southern Heat of the annual HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition.

The school was represented in the Intermediate Individual competition by Third Former Seyi and in the Group Competition by Fourth Formers Roy, Isaac and Nassim and by Fifth Formers Philip, Sanjay and Shachar.

The group performance was based on the majorly prevalent Chinese concept of the 'Left Over Man/Woman' and after some brainstorming and generous help from Mrs Bunnage, a five-minute- long script was ready. Our next few weeks largely consisted of early morning rehearsals and learning our expertly written lines through rote repetition, and eventually, we were ready to compete.

The day of the competition arrived and the team travelled to the Victory Services Club in Marble Arch. From the beginning, it was clear to see the competition would be fierce. CLS were to perform fourth in a field with representatives from the top schools of Southern England. Following a top act from the City of London Girls School, the boys took to the stage and performed fantastically, getting a few laughs from the judges. Tentative watching of the other groups carried on up until lunchtime, where a much-needed break allowed attention to be diverted to Seyi and his individual competition. Seyi performed gallantly and should be proud of his achievement in what was an extremely pressurised category with multiple competitors up to four years older than him.

The two acts now wait tentatively to find out if they have progressed onto the national final in February 2018.

Thank to Mrs Bunnage and Mr Thomson for their much-needed help and countless hours which are very much appreciated.


The group performance was based on the majorly prevalent Chinese concept of the 'Left Over Man/Woman'.
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