Winners of the British Council Penang Essay Competition 2010

Congratulations to the winners of the British Council Essay Writing Competition that ran from October to Nov 4 recently. Response was overwhelming with 416 entries received from students as far as those in Perak.

Judging was done by two senior teachers of British Council Penang, Simon Holmes and David Townhill along with two invited judges from the soon-to-open Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS), namely the Principal, Philip Couzens and the Deputy Principal, Dr Bruce McDowell.

All the judges were impressed with the quality of entries and deliberated long and hard before deciding on the winners. The entries in the secondary level were particularly commendable and in the end, 2 winners in that category were announced. This is possible as POWIIS has agreed to sponsor the main prize of a holiday course for the second winner in this category.

The Director of British Council Penang, Peggy Lim said the winners each win a complimentary Holiday Programme at the British Council Penang Centre in December 2010, a certificate of achievement, books courtesy of the George Town World Heritage Incorporated as well as book vouchers. Winners will also be announced on the British Council website and the George Town World Heritage Incorporated website.

Winners are :

Age 7 – 9 : Apple Chan Zhiwei

Age 10 – 12 : Samantha Foong Shen Li

Age 13 – 16 : Edith Tan Hui-Shien and Hasta Laxmee Santheran

All winners will be contacted by the British Council Penang before Nov 20.

Congratulations !


Title: I went for a walk around Penang and I saw…

George Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2008. Apart from preserving historic buildings or old shophouses as the locals call it, what does the World Heritage Site status mean to the younger generation?

To achieve a sustainable cultural development and heritage conservation, we need the involvement of the younger generation. As such, we hope to generate greater awareness and appreciation of the unique Penang heritage amongst the younger generation today.

Write a short essay, not more than 200 words and WIN a place in the Holiday English Programme by British Council in December 2010

This year, we have an interesting title for the British Council Essay Writing Competition. We want you to tell us about your interpretation of culture or heritage and what living here in Penang means to you!

The theme is very open: what are the sounds, tastes, smells, and sights of Penang? What are your favourite times of the year? Do you have any family stories about Penang to share with us? How does the rich history of Penang relate to your own family history?

Categories for Competition

There are 3 categories:

  • Primary 1 – 3 (ages 7 – 9)
  • Primary 4 – 6 (ages 10 – 12)
  • Secondary 1 – 4 (ages 13 – 16)

A winner will be announced in each category.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on:

  • Expression of ideas
  • Quality of language
  • Originality


Each winner will receive:

A complimentary Holiday English Programme worth RM720 at the British Council Penang Centre in December 2010
A certificate of achievement
Books courtesy of the George Town World Heritage Incorporated
Book vouchers

Winning entries will also be displayed at the British Council and published on the British Council website and the George Town World Heritage Incorporated website.

Results will be announced on the British Council website and local newspapers on 15 November 2010.

Entry Requirements

  • The word limit is 200 words
  • Entries can be typed or handwritten
  • Participant's name, age, school and contact number must be written clearly at the top of the entry
  • Entries must be submitted to:

The Director (Essay Writing Competition 2010)
British Council
3, Weld Quay,
10300 Penang.

Entries must be submitted by 5 pm on 4 November 2010.


 Supported by George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI)



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