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British Council Essay Competition 2014

Winners of the British Council Penang Essay Competition 2010

Congratulations to the winners of the British Council Essay Writing Competition that ran from October to Nov 4 recently. Response was overwhelming with 416 entries received from students as far as those in Perak.

Judging was done by two senior teachers of British Council Penang, Simon Holmes and David Townhill along with two invited judges from the soon-to-open Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS), namely the Principal, Philip Couzens and the Deputy Principal, Dr Bruce McDowell.

All the judges were impressed with the quality of entries and deliberated long and hard before deciding on the winners. The entries in the secondary level were particularly commendable and in the end, 2 winners in that category were announced. This is possible as POWIIS has agreed to sponsor the main prize of a holiday course for the second winner in this category.

The Director of British Council Penang, Peggy Lim said the winners each win a complimentary Holiday Programme at the British Council Penang Centre in December 2010, a certificate of achievement, books courtesy of the George Town World Heritage Incorporated as well as book vouchers. Winners will also be announced on the British Council website and the George Town World Heritage Incorporated website.

Winners are :

Age 7 – 9 : Apple Chan Zhiwei

Age 10 – 12 : Samantha Foong Shen Li

Age 13 – 16 : Edith Tan Hui-Shien and Hasta Laxmee Santheran

All winners will be contacted by the British Council Penang before Nov 20.

Congratulations !

Title: I went for a walk around Penang and I saw…

George Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2008. Apart from preserving historic buildings or old shophouses as the locals call it, what does the World Heritage Site status mean to the younger generation?

To achieve a sustainable cultural development and heritage conservation, we need the involvement of the younger generation. As such, we hope to generate greater awareness and appreciation of the unique Penang heritage amongst the younger generation today.

Write a short essay, not more than 200 words and WIN a place in the Holiday English Programme by British Council in December 2010

This year, we have an interesting title for the British Council Essay Writing Competition. We want you to tell us about your interpretation of culture or heritage and what living here in Penang means to you!

The theme is very open: what are the sounds, tastes, smells, and sights of Penang? What are your favourite times of the year? Do you have any family stories about Penang to share with us? How does the rich history of Penang relate to your own family history?

Categories for Competition

There are 3 categories:

  • Primary 1 – 3 (ages 7 – 9)
  • Primary 4 – 6 (ages 10 – 12)
  • Secondary 1 – 4 (ages 13 – 16)

A winner will be announced in each category.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on:

  • Expression of ideas
  • Quality of language
  • Originality


Each winner will receive:

A complimentary Holiday English Programme worth RM720 at the British CouncilPenang Centre in December 2010
A certificate of achievement
Books courtesy of the George Town World Heritage Incorporated
Book vouchers

Winning entries will also be displayed at the British Council and published on the British Council website and the George Town World Heritage Incorporated website.

Results will be announced on the British Council website and local newspapers on 15 November 2010.

Entry Requirements

  • The word limit is 200 words
  • Entries can be typed or handwritten
  • Participant's name, age, school and contact number must be written clearly at the top of the entry
  • Entries must be submitted to:

The Director (Essay Writing Competition 2010)
British Council
3, Weld Quay,
10300 Penang.

Entries must be submitted by 5 pm on 4 November 2010.

Supported by George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)

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National Winners of the Young Journalist Competition Announced at the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ launch event

Two national winners of the fifth annual Young Journalist Competition (YJC), organised by the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research was announced on the 18th of November during the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ launch event at the Westminster House, residence of His Excellency, British High Commissioner, Jonathan Drew.

The competition asked young people to tell us in 750 words, ‘What makes Shakespeare great?’.The finalist work was reviewed by a panel of judges, consisting of Mr. Tris Bartlett, Country Director of the British Council, Mauritius, Mr. Y. Khoyratty, Acting Assistant Director Zone 2 of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and the Vice-President of the English Speaking Union, Mrs Marie-France Roussety.

The winner of the senior category is Miss Marie Tessa Delina LALLJEE from GMD Atchia State College and the junior prize goes to Miss Elisha Shantel Gurrana from Le Bocage International School. 

Amongst the prizes are potential media related work placements, certificates, having the winning essays published in the media, a book from the Bagatelle Bookcourt, a ‘Day Pass Voucher’ for 2 people at The Address Boutique Hotel, which is part of the Indigo Group and a free English course at the British Council. The winners will also join the British Council and the British High Commission throughout 2016 season of ‘Shakespeare Lives’ as resident journalists. 

 The 2015 Young Journalist Competition was planned to coincide with the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ launch which marked the beginning of a series of events and activities scheduled to run throughout 2016.

 Several eminent personalities including the Hon. Mrs Leela Devi Dookhun Lutchmun, Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, graced the evening event with their presence.

 The Young Journalist Competition encourages and supports young people and aspiring writers to:

● Connect to the English language and contemporary UK writing and expressing creativity.
● Develop an international ethos of the students at school.
● Add an international dimension to children’s education and ensure that they are truly global citizens.
● Produce an outstanding work at the educational level.
● Help build a successful future career for those writers.

 There will be a separate prize giving ceremony for zonal winners for the 2015 Young Journalist event. Details of the prize giving will be announced a later date. 

 1. Following the press and stakeholder launch of Shakespeare Lives on 29 October, the next key date is Twelfth Night on 5 January 2016 when programme activity begins and lasts for the full twelve months.
2. Interviews with the winners would be most welcomed. Please contact on the details provided below.
3. Photos available upon request.

For more information

Deshnee Lochunah/ Communications Department 
Contact number: T 4030200/ M 59474177
Email: deshnee.lochunah@mu.britishcouncil.org

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. British Council is present in Mauritius since 1950. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

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