Melbourne Town Hall saw host to over 1,800 year 10 students and 200 teachers from 50 different high schools within the Victorian region on the 11th September.
The event aimed to encourage the students to study Chinese and to use that to their advantage during their VCE exams in the future. A variety of entertainment and activities were organised including Chinese folk music, traditional dances, Chinese martial arts, pop music solos, and trivia questions on Chinese culture. The Chinese Kung Fu show was the highlight of all the performances, and the most popular activity was the colourful lantern calligraphy!
The feedback received was extremely positive; many students made remarks about how fabulous the event was, that it was one of the best Chinese cultural events they had ever attended, and that they expected to continue learning the Chinese language.
In attendance was Rober Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Huang Guobin, China's deputy Consul General in Melbourne, Clem Newton-Brown, Victorian parliamentary Secretary for Education, Hong Lim, special Advisor of the Governor of Victoria, and Professor Nick Bisley, executive Director of La Trobe Asia at La Trobe University.
This event was jointly organised by the Confucius Institute at La Trobe University and the Chinese Language Teacher Association of Victoria.