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Tuesday September 9, 2008

NiE-Star scrapbook contest receives 142 entries

KUANTAN: A total of 142 entries were received for the NiE-Star scrapbook competition organised for the fifth consecutive year by BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd (BPC).

The company sponsored copies of :The Star :under the programme for 10 schools - SMK Beserah, SMK Tanjung Lumpur, SMK Pelabuhan, SMK Semambu, SMK Teluk Cempedak, SMK Sultan Abu Bakar, SMK St Thomas, SMK (P) Methodist, SMK Tengku Afzan and SM Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.

The competition was divided into two categories - Form One to Three and Form Four and Five.

The first category winners were Lim Jia Wen and Soh Yu Jun from SMK Tengku Afzan while second place went to Lim Shing Wei and Sam Ai Siu of SMK Sultan Abu Bakar and third place to Wong Jie Yi and Alisson Wong Wy Qin of SMK Tengku Afzan.

Variety of entries: James (second from right) looking through the scrapbooks with BASF Petronas project leader Amy Shah, Choi and staff member Lee Sow Kheng.

Wan Muhammad Farhan Syafiq Wan Mohd Nor and Nur Fairuz Naim Asmul from SM Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah were announced as the second category winners while Ko Wern Yen and S. Shalini of SMK Sultan Abu Bakar were placed second and Tan Xian Ti and Ang Chian Vei of SMK (P) Methodist won the third prize.

The topics were on recycling, space exploration, global warming, healthy lifestyle, chemistry in daily life, biodiversity, sustainable development, technology and innovation.

The winners received RM50 to RM500 in BSN premium savings certificates.

The school with the highest number of entries (72) was SMK Tengku Afzan and it received a colour printer worth RM360.

The prize-giving ceremony was held at SMK Tengku Afzan here on Thursday and among the guests were BPC senior manager (human resource development and communications) Jason Choi, Kuantan education officer Faudziah Abdul Rahman and :The Star’s: circulation executive Robin James.

In his speech, Choi said the sponsorship was an example of how companies responded to the needs of the community.

“Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) is part of the company’s sustainable development effort in the community where it operates.

“It supports the Government’s aspiration to enhance English in the education system,’’ he said.

Choi said the competition’s aim was to enrich students with information and for them to share it with friends and family members.

He was impressed by the creativity and understanding of students in interpreting the topics.

Faudziah, in her speech, said the newspaper expanded the curriculum with information used as a background for learning activities.

“News develop every day. The beauty of the newspaper in the classroom is that it is fresh every day.

“When teachers use newspapers, they learn with their students, discover new worlds and uncover new information’’ she said.

Faudziah said, through corporate or individual sponsorship, programmes were made available at minimal or no cost to educators.

She thanked BPC for its efforts, .

She said it was fortunate that :The Star :provided useful pullouts for students and this made the project interesting.

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