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2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students

The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney would like to thank all students from across New South Wales and the Northern Territory who entered the 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest. We received many strong entries this year, which made it difficult for our judges to reach their decision. However, after much careful deliberation, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for New South Wales and Northern Territory Secondary School Students!

 

This year's topics were as follows:


Junior Division: 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: 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?


An awards ceremony is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 6th December 2017.

 

Thank you once again to all those who entered this year. We plan to hold the contest again in 2018 and we look forward to another strong contingent of entries.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 contest!


Junior Division (Years 7 & 8)

RANK NAME SCHOOL YEAR
First Ms Lisa Segal Kambala 7
Outstanding Ms Annette Kim Tara Anglican School for Girls 7
Outstanding Ms Ariana Wang Kambala 8
Highly Commended Ms Sarah Boreham North Sydney Girls High School 8
Highly Commended Ms Eleni Dimos St Ursula's College Kingsgrove 8
Highly Commended Mr Joshua Gill Cardiff High School 7
Highly Commended Ms Francesca Herro Kambala 8
Highly Commended Ms Jessica Ledger Kambala 8
Highly Commended Ms Sophie Lee North Sydney Girls High School 8
Highly Commended Mr Richard Lu Sydney Boys High School 7
Highly Commended Ms Hannah McGlinchey Kambala 7
Highly Commended Ms Carey Tedjasukmana Strathfield Girls High School 8
Highly Commended Ms Maxine Wu North Sydney Girls High School 8

 

Listed in alphabetical order within each prize category

Senior Division (Years 9 - 12)

RANK NAME SCHOOL YEAR
First Ms Manar Al-ogaidi Bonnyrigg High School 10
Outstanding Ms Meg Garden Central Coast Grammar School 10
Outstanding Ms Amee Wu North Sydney Girls High School 10
Highly Commended Mr Dillon Chen Sydney Grammar School 11
Highly Commended Mr Kelvin Huang Carlingford High School 12
Highly Commended Ms Grace Lam Sydney Girls High School 9
Highly Commended Ms Ada Luong Sydney Girls High School 10
Highly Commended Mr Kyle McPherson St Columba's Catholic College 10
Highly Commended Ms Julie Nguyen Sydney Girls High School 10
Highly Commended Ms Sasha Patterson Rajak St George Girls High School 11
Highly Commended Ms Priya Soni Central Coast Grammar School 10
Highly Commended Mr Jack van der Geest-Hester Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College 9
Highly Commended Ms Siti Mahsadinar Zams Marrickville High School 10

 

Listed in alphabetical order within each prize category

 

School of the Year 2017

Kambala

Prizes

The first place winner in the Senior Division will receive a return economy class air ticket* to Japan, courtesy of Japan Airlines. In addition, the first place winner will be provided with a 7-day Japan Rail Pass (Ordinary Class) and 3 nights accommodation at Shiba Park Hotel in Tokyo (conditions apply, subject to availability), courtesy of JTB Australia Pty Ltd.

 

The first place winner in the Junior Division will receive $300 worth of books of the winner's own choice**.

 

There will be prizes awarded in both divisions for “Outstanding Essays” and “Highly Commended Essays”.

 

Each prize winner will also be awarded a certificate, plaque and other Japanese goods.

 

The School of the Year award will be given to the school with the highest percentage of top quality essays, as deemed by the judges. The school will receive $400 worth of books**.

 

Please note that no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the prize conditions. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.

 

*The definition of ‘return economy class air ticket’ is an international flight between Sydney and Tokyo (Narita) only, including fuel surcharges. Ticket must be issued by 31st March 2018 and travel must be completed before 30th June 2018 or within 3 months from date of issue. Booking conditions apply, subject to availability. The cost of airport taxes and domestic airfares is the responsibility of the prize winner. Prizes and prize conditions are not negotiable, transferable, exchangeable or redeemable for other prizes. Previous first prize winners are ineligible to win the first prize in the same division, in the following year.

**Arranged with the cooperation of Books Kinokuniya.

 

Sponsors

The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney wishes to the thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2017 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students.


Major Sponsors

Japan Airlines logoJTB Australia logo

 

Supporter

Kinokuniya logo

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