The 2019 Shamrock Cup English Speech Competition concluded last week at Caoyang Middle School in Putuo.
Altogether six teams of high school students and four teams of junior school students competed in the final. Participants illustrated their ideas on Irish sci-tech, writers, festivals, landscapes, architectures and other cultural aspects.
Caoyang No. 2 High School and Meilong Middle School came out on top among senior and junior school teams, respectively. The winners get a one-week trip to Ireland as prize.
Therese Healy, consul general of Ireland to Shanghai, sat among the judges and said that 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Ireland. She hoped that students can learn more about Ireland through the event.
Shamrock is a symbol of unity in Ireland, which better represents the event’s purpose to promote friendship, she added.
The competition, sponsored by the International Education Association Shanghai and the Consulate General of Ireland to Shanghai, began five years ago and has involved junior high school students for the first time.
It has helped improve Putuo students’ trans-cultural ability and serves as a step to cultivate talent with national spirit and global view and competence in the district.