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Rainforest Essay Winners Announced

How on Earth Can We Save the Rainforests?

This was the question posed by the 2010-11 National Schools Essay Competition, hosted by the Living Rainforest in Berkshire to help celebrate the UN’s International Year of Forests 2011.

Over 300 children across the UK (plus a few from overseas) submitted essays in three age categories: Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds), Key Stage 3 (11-14 year olds) and Key Stage 4 (14-16 year olds).

An international panel of distinguished judges read the essays and selected ten overall winners.

The Living Rainforest is now proud to announce that the winners of the ‘How on Earth Can We Save the Rainforests?’ essay competition are:

  • Key Stage 2: 1st Place – James Fisher (Jumeirah), 2nd Place – Niamh Donohue (Northleigh), and 3rd Place – Tara Desai (Jumeirah)
  • Key Stage 3: 1st Place – Georgina Gard (Old Palace of John Whitgift), 2nd Place – Callum James (Oratory), and 3rd Place joint winners – Cat Eccles (Stroud) and Ben Sharp (Uckfield Community Technology College)
  • Key Stage 4: 1st Place – Isobel Fernandes, 2nd Place – Sophie Davidson, and 3rd Place -Madeleine Parsons (all from St Mary’s Ascot, which managed a clean sweep in the category)

Congratulations! Each winner will be awarded a special Trophy at the National Schools Debates being held at the Living Rainforest visitor centre on 16-17 March 2011.

One of the children – James Fisher of the Jumeirah English Speaking School – is travelling all the way from Dubai to take part.

The prize-winning essays will be published simultaneously on the competition website – read them here!

The Living Rainforest is proud to host this national competition and debate, in association with our partners at the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests and the Oxford International Education Bureau. Based on the success of this year’s competition and debate, plans are already underway for an encore event in 2012.  

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