Parents and children team up at Grand Finals of a Speak Mandarin talent contest

The top three teams in each of the three categories at the Grand Finals of the Speak Mandarin Parent-Child Talent Competition 2017. Twenty-six teams of parents and children were selected as finalists and had to stage a five-minute performance in Mand
The top three teams in each of the three categories at the Grand Finals of the Speak Mandarin Parent-Child Talent Competition 2017. Twenty-six teams of parents and children were selected as finalists and had to stage a five-minute performance in Mandarin based on the theme of Childhood Memories.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Parents and children teamed up to showcase their talents at the Grand Finals of the Speak Mandarin Parent-Child Talent Competition 2017.

Twenty-six teams split across three age categories competed for the top three prizes on Saturday (June 3) at the Chinese Cultural Centre. 

Each team comprised at least one parent and one child, and had a maximum of three members.

The competition is open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents with children aged five to 12 years old.

In the finals, teams had to put up a performance in Mandarin of five minutes on the theme Childhood Memories.

The competition, held annually since 2013, is co-organised by the Promote Mandarin Council, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School, the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning and PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots.

New partners include Times the Bookshop, the Singapore Flyer and Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

The winning teams in each category received a $300 cash prize, tickets to Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the Singapore Flyer, Sky View Pavilion dining vouchers, a HanVision eDictionary and a two-year Joy Reader Chinese ebook account. 

Winners in Categories B (children 6 to 8 years old) and C (children 8 to 12 years old) also received a one-day pass to Universal Studios Sentosa, the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Trick Eye Museum. 

Category A teams comprised children aged 5 to 6 years old.