Inspired to win

  • Education
  • Sunday, 01 May 2011

A contest workshop in Johor Baru inspires participants of Mag Inc 2011 to produce a mini magazine that is a cut above.

Twelve-year-old Nur Faarihah Khairuddin is keen to participate in The Star-Pizza Hut Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) contest for a chance to win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.

It will be a dream come true for her if she and her teammates can convince the judges that their article – on the pros and cons of wearing high heels – is worth speaking out on.

The SK Tasek Utara Year Six pupil said her idea would be featured in the group’s article for the mini magazine.

Nur Faarihah, who is taking part in the contest for the second time, said she and her team members had sourced for a lot of tips on how to make their magazine attractive. The tips included using pictures and illustrations, as well as a joke or two to make the magazine livelier and a better read.

Another participant, Wong Kai Jing from SMK Taman Bukit Indah said she too was ready to put up a good fight to produce an interesting entry to win top prize.

“With the help of our teacher, we will look at magazines and newspapers for inspiration. We are also planning to use recycled materials to make our magazine more lifelike,” she said.

The pupils were attending a contest workshop at Olympia College, Johor Baru, where StarEducation columnist Nithya Sidhhu and Taylor’s University School of Communication lecturer Natasha Mohd Hishamudin provided useful tips to inspire pupils participating in the Mag Inc 2011 contest.

Teacher S. Shamini, 27, said the workshop had inspired her pupils.

“The speakers had effectively told the pupils how to create a winning entry,” said the SMK Impian Emas English teacher.

Sidhhu reminded the participants to use unique special appeal or “USA” to grab the judges’ attention to win the grand prize.

Apart from the slideshows on how to create a mini magazine, participants were also given 10 minutes to brainstorm and present their ideas to the facilitators.

The grand prize winners of all three categories – primary, lower and upper secondary – will win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland in December along with their supervising teachers.

This year’s theme, “Speak Out!”, will give students a chance to express their thoughts and ideas on education, health, environment, social issues and science and technology.

Mag Inc is jointly organised by The Star and Pizza Hut and is supported by the Education Ministry.

For participants who would like to learn more about creating a winning mini-magazine, but missed the workshop, log on to to watch the video presentation. Contest details are also available on the website.

Online registration remains open until May 15.

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