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Students from Rosyth School and Hwa Chong Institution emerged as the champions of the National Chinese Challenge 2021

Singapore, 17 April 2021 - Rosyth School and Hwa Chong Institution emerged the champions of the National Chinese Challenge 2021, beating two other finalist schools in their respective categories.
Jointly organised by Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Chinese Media Group and Nanyang Girls’ High School, the National Chinese Challenge is an annual event which aims to promote Chinese culture and cultivate an interest in learning Chinese among students. It also provides a platform for participants to showcase their language abilities and interact with other Chinese language learners.

The finalist schools are Maha Bodhi School, Rosyth School and Radin Mas Primary School in the primary category and Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution and Nanyang Girls' High School in the secondary category. Each team comprises three students each.

Livestreamed today on Lianhe Zaobao’s website and other digital platforms, participants were tested on their knowledge of the Chinese language. This includes translation of commonly used terms from English to Chinese, pronunciation, literature, current affairs, general knowledge and figuring out Chinese proverbs and idioms from pictures.

The full video of the competition is available on, and the Facebook pages of Lianhe Zaobao, zbcomma, and Thumbs Up.  

In its eighth year, the event attracted more than 5,045 students from 172 schools, setting a new record with the total number of participants this year, doubled that of last year’s. To qualify, participants took an online test during the preliminary round. The three secondary schools and three primary schools with the highest average scores were selected to advance to the finals.

This is Hwa Chong Institution’s first time clinching the champion position while Rosyth School’s last win was in 2016. In the first runner-up position is Maha Bodhi School (primary category) and Raffles Institution (secondary category). In the third place is Radin Mas Primary School (primary category) and Nanyang Girls’ High School (secondary category).

One of the participants, 15-year-old Andrew Timothy Siauw from Hwa Chong Institution, said: "We have been preparing for the competition on top of school examinations. It has been stressful but we have also learnt many fun facts and the beauty of the Chinese language while preparing. I realised there are many little stories behind the Chinese names of our MRT stations."

Ms Cheong Lin Li, Editor of Student Publications, SPH Chinese Media Group, said: "We are glad that this competition has garnered great support from the students and their schools. Through the National Chinese Challenge, we were able to engage students in the Chinese language in a fun and entertaining way while showing its relevance in their daily lives.”

The Challenge is co-presented by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and supported by the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, the National Translation Committee and the Speak Mandarin Campaign, with Huawei International as the technology partner.

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