BUKIT MERTAJAM: SMK Berapit here has made it among the schools with the highest number of entries for Tale Spin 2014, with 1,650 students submitting their work for the storyboarding contest that is now into its second year.
School language department head Ng Choei Har handed the entries to The Star circulation executive Rajkumar Abraham yesterday.
The contest is brought to all primary and secondary schools by the The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) division and Pizza Hut, and is endorsed by the Education Ministry.
The idea is to get participants to spin tales in the form of a storyboards.
School principal Lee Teng Yim is pleased his students are using the contest to learn English instead of the usual chalk and talk method.
“It is exciting to see them generating ideas with such contests that encompass team work,” he said.
School contest coordinator Ng Baby said the contest allowed the students to retain information better.
“They remember details of the story they created a year ago,” she said.
Form Two student Ch’ng Hui Gee, 14, said she joined the contest to learn more about storytelling and storyboarding.
“We learn to share ideas and work in a team while improving our language,” she added.
The grand prize for the winner in each section — secondary, lower secondary and primary — is a four-day and three-night stay at Hong Kong Disneyland.
The grand prize for the winning secondary school also comes with five units of scholarships totalling RM150,000 from Taylor’s University.
Runners-up will be awarded stays at Awana Genting Highlands sponsored by Resorts World.
Entries for this year’s contest must reach Menara Star by June 30.
Last year, 164,000 schoolchildren took part in the inaugural contest.