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Objectives
  • To encourage secondary schools students in Hong Kong to express their thoughts on social affairs and related subjects that are affecting their daily lives.
  • To increase their confidence in learning Liberal Studies and also improve their English writing skills at the same time.
  • To assist school teachers with preparing Liberal Studies writing exercises for students.
  • To share well-written essays with the public through the Junior Standard.

Eligibility
  • All local secondary schools students (Grade 7 or upper students for international schools)

Individual and School awards

Six awards will be given to the best essay of each Liberal Studies category. They will be shortlisted to win the overall Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up awards. A further five merit awards will also be presented.

The school with the highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' will also be awarded.

For the Green Building Awards, the three best articles about the sustainable-built environment in Hong Kong will be awarded.

Essay types

Students tackle one of the six Liberal Studies topics by writing a short essay. The students must decide which category their writing fits in and submit it within the time period as shown below. They can also submit more than one entry throughout the Competition.

To win a Green Building Award, in addition to submitting an essay under the six Liberal Studies categories, students also need to write a short essay on their views about the sustainable-built environment in Hong Kong. They can submit one or more essays to win this award.

Competition schedule
Submission period 1 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017
Result announcement Mid-July 2017

Award and Prize details:
Category awards Personal Development & Interpersonal Relationships
Globalisation
Public Health
Energy Technology & the Environment
Hong Kong Today
Modern China
Scoring criteria: Knowledge of the subjects; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate
Writer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
These awards will be selected among the six winners of the category awards. A trophy
Merit awards Merits x 5 A certificate
School award The highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' A trophy
+
A certificate
Green Building Awards Awards x 3 A trophy
+
A certificate

Competition Rules
Eligibility All local secondary schools students (Grade 7 or upper students for international schools)
Language English only
Format Entries must be submitted either online or in paper format (A4) by post.
All other formats such as through email or fax will not be accepted.
Writing Limit 500 words
Judging criteria Knowledge of the subjects; displays a critical-thinking mind; logic (flow of writing); originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.)
Judges A panel of judges that includes teachers, authors and news editors will be invited to be the judges of the competition
Submission period 1 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017


* In order to win the school award, all entries must be submitted by a representative of the school in paper format by post. A valid 'School Submission Form' must be completed with the school chop stamped.



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