The Scottish China Association is pleased to announce…

The Scottish China Association is pleased to announce its 2012 Primary Schools Competition, in co-operation with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The subject of this year’s competition is:

Bamboo, more than food for pandas

The aim of the competition is to stimulate interest in the Chinese style of painting, as well as in animal conservation. For more information about Edinburgh Zoo’s pandas, see their special panda page.

Children are encouraged to explore Chinese culture and to enjoy expressing what they learn in a creative way. Entries can be in one of the following formats :

* written work
* two- or three-dimensional work (up to A2 or 1 cubic metre respectively)
* video or DVD

Competition rules

All entries must be registered in advance by email, including contact name, school, address, age category and format. Please send your registration email to us at

Closing date for entries is Friday, 1 June 2012. Entries should be sent to the Education Centre, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS – entries must be clearly marked with pupil’s name and category, school name and contact details. Work must be received during the week 28 May to 1 June 2012.
Judging and prizes

Entries will be judged during the week ending 15 June. The judge’s decision is final, and results will be announced immediately after judging.

The prize-giving will be held at 11am on Saturday, 23 June 2012 at the Education Centre, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS.

Prizes and certificates will be awarded to individuals and groups in each of the categories if the judges are satisfied with the standard of entries.

Group winners will receive a generous prize for the school library, with individuals receiving momentoes.

The Tom Murray Memorial Prize will be awarded to the school with the best overall standard of entries – this is a colourful globe made from valuable stones. The school’s name is engraved on the base and the globe is retained by the winning school until the next competition.

The SCA and the RZSS have the right to use entries for publicity or for display. Prize winning entries will be displayed in the Zoo Education Centre from the prize-giving until 30 June. Schools are responsible for arranging return of entries if required.

The SCA and the RZSS may wish to use photographs of the prize-giving event for publicity purposes. Please advise if permission is required if children are included in any such photographs.

Background to the competition

The SCA competition was originally run by the Tom Murray Memorial Trust (no longer in existence). Tom Murray was a founding member of the SCA, after distinguished service with the International Brigade in Spain and as a respected Edinburgh city councillor. He was a man of courage and principle, and had both a great interest in China and in education, so this competition is dedicated to his memory.