Oral History Launch and School Competition
To celebrate the launch of our Oral History Project in conjunction with our 30th anniversary, we ran a school writing competition. We had some fantastic entries from primary schools across Dunedin and we’re excited to announce the winners!
Winner – Harrison Stout from St Clair School – read Harrison’s story
Runner up – Andie Sykes from Port Chalmers School – read Andie’s story
The competition was judged by Greta Yeoman and talking about the stories she says “I chose Harrison Stouts’ “A Yellow-Eyed Penguin’s Holiday” because of its quirkiness. Having a penguin turn up at St Clair and order fish and chips provided quite a fun mental image, while also raising awareness of the dangers a penguin would face en route to Dunedin. Andie Syke’s “Icy’s Message” provided some good information about ways people can protect penguins, whether through keeping their dogs on a leash or keeping rivers clean. Both children showed an understanding and care towards our flippered friends, which gives me hope for the future of conservation efforts in Aotearoa. Good work to everyone who entered as well, the information given about penguin safety, life and risks was amazing!”
Harrison attended our 30th anniversary party last week and was presented with a prize pack. He will also spend a day with our ranger Ben on the Otago Peninsula, checking out penguin habitats and will hopefully see one or two!
Thank you to everyone who entered our competition!