KUALA LUMPUR: Put together a four-page school newspaper and win a pizza immediately. If yours ends up as the top entry, you will win a trip to Melbourne!
The announcement of these prizes at the launch of the Best School Newspaper Awards (BSNA) 2005 at Pizza Hut Wangsa Maju yesterday was greeted with excited murmurs from students and teachers.
The grand prize this year is a week-long study tour to Melbourne, hosted by the University of Melbourne, for the winning team of eight to 10 students and the teacher in charge. The two runners-up teams will win a three-day-two-night holiday in Genting Highlands.
Those at the launch said the prizes for this year’s contest were beyond expectations. SMK Convent Sentul's English teacher Thusha Devi said: “My students are all very motivated and excited to take part in the contest.”
A four-page blank practice newspaper will be published in the NiE (Newspaper in Education) pullout distributed to Star-NiE schools on March 13. Each team that completes the newspaper and takes it to the nearest Pizza Hut can redeem a pizza.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim, who launched the contest, said students must not confine their learning to school but should instead take advantage of enriching activities outside the classroom.
He said the contest encouraged students to read newspapers and improve their writing skills.
“If you can write well, you can influence people,” he said.
Also present at the launch were The Star group editorial/education advisor Datuk Ng Poh Tip, QSR Brands Bhd executive chairman Datuk Izhar Sulaiman and Pizza Hut Malaysia deputy president C.W. Toh.
On Star-NiE and Pizza Hut’s partnership, Izhar said: “We want to be among the responsible corporate citizens to build the nation, especially in English language proficiency.”
Pizza Hut is pledging more than RM3mil in prizes and sponsorship for this year’s contest and NiE activities.
For details, call Kiran/Shiow Chin at 03-7967 1298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See Star-NiE tomorrow (distributed to schools only) for contest rules and StarEducation on Sunday for a full report.