MASTERING Mandarin was the objective for Haygrove students as they competed in the first West of England Mandarin Challenge in Bristol.

Miss Fang Xiao teaches Mandarin at Haygrove School and The Castle School in Taunton, the first two state schools in Somerset to offer Mandarin as part of the curriculum.

Four Year 7 students from Haygrove, Emily-Rose Came, Logan Richards, Caitlin Muncaster and Ethan Harper, performed a short play about the Chinese mid-autumn festival.

Meanwhile Year 9 students, Josh Wynn, Natalie Hall, Eleanor Western and Jemma Gilbert, sang a famous Chinese folk song 'Mo Li Hua', which means jasmine flower.

Miss Xiao said: “It was a fantastic day for us all. The children from both schools were exemplary and did really well against stiff competition from native speakers. I am very proud of them all.”