New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
NZHC hosts essay reception for students
The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) for a third consecutive year hosted the prize giving ceremony for the winners of the Secondary Schools Essay Competition at the New Zealand Official Residence on Saturday 6 August.
This competition is organised jointly by the Fiji Association of Auckland (Inc) and the High Commission.
The judging panel comprised Dr Satendra Singh, ONZM, QSM, JP (a member of the founding office of the Department of Foreign Affairs after Fiji’s independence) and Lady Hillary, QSM, (wife of the late Sir Edmund Hillary). Both Lady Hillary and Dr Singh travelled to Suva for the prize giving.
This year’s competition received over three hundred essays from fifty two secondary schools across Fiji.
The judges were impressed with the high overall standard of the essays and the careful thought that went into the students’ writing.
The two topics for the 2011 competition were “Where I see Myself in Ten Years” and “Rugby Linkages between Fiji and New Zealand.”
15 winners received cash prizes from a total pool of $7000 along with certificates and trophies.
The two supreme winners were announced at the prize giving. They were Mohammed Shaheez Khan from Lautoka Muslim College and Kelera Alyssa Railoa from Votualevu College.
They both received further F$500 cash, a trophy and a certificate of commendation taking their winning prizes to F$1000. Their schools will also receive a commemorative plaque.
Special appreciation certificates will be sent to all fifty two schools by the High Commission as well.
Teachers, parents, education officials, past winners of the competition and other guests joined the prize giving and morning tea to celebrate the achievements of the students.
Peter Lund, New Zealand Trade Commissioner and host for the prize giving, said that the High Commission was delighted with the response from schools and students.
“The competition has grown considerably over the past three years. We are particularly pleased to see the increase in participation from schools in rural and provincial areas, which is reflected in this year’s prize winners.”