We would like to acknowledge the achievements of the Department of Education school students who have been awarded the following prizes in the contest:
First in the Senior division (Years 9-12):
Manar Al-ogaidi Bonnyrigg High School
Outstanding in the Senior division (Years 9-12):
Amee Wu North Sydney Girls High School
Highly Commended in the Senior division (Years 9-12):
Kelvin Huang Carlingford High School
Grace Lam Sydney Girls High School
Ada Luong Sydney Girls High School
Julie Nguyen Sydney Girls High School
Sasha Patterson Rajak St George Girls High School
Siti Mahsadinar Zams Marrickville High School
Highly Commended in the Junior division (Years 7 and 8):
Sarah Boreham North Sydney Girls High School
Joshua Gill Cardiff High School
Sophie Lee North Sydney Girls High School
Richard Lu Sydney Boys High School
Carey Tedjasukmana Strathfield Girls High School
Maxine Wu North Sydney Girls High School
The first place winner in the senior division receives a return ticket to Japan with a seven day Japan rail pass and three nights accommodation in Tokyo - congratulations, Manar!
Consider integrating this annual essay contest into your school's teaching and learning programs. It is a great example of learning across the curriculum and could be an opportunity for cross-curricular involvement with English teaching colleagues. Some schools encourage all students to complete an essay and have a school competition to judge the entries to be submitted.
This year the essay topics were:
Junior Division (Years 7 and 8): Japan is becoming a popular tourist destination for more and more Australians. For example, many Australians enjoy visiting Japan during the winter months for skiing and snowboarding; “Kumano kodou” in Wakayama prefecture is a famous pilgrimage route; and “Edo Wonderland” in Tochigi prefecture is a popular venue for school trips. What advice can you give to enhance Japan to be a friendlier environment for tourists from Australia?
Senior Division (Years 9-12): Japan is due to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic Games in 2020. What are some of the lessons Japan can learn from Australia’s own hosting of these major sporting events, to lead to the success of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games?