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2016 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students

The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney would like to thank all students from across New South Wales and the Northern Territory who entered the 2016 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest. We received many strong entries this year, which made it difficult for our judges to reach their decision. However, after much careful deliberation, we are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for New South Wales and Northern Territory Secondary School Students!


This year's topics were as follows:

Junior Division:Robots are becoming an increasingly important part of contemporary society. Outline some of the ways in which robots are currently employed in Australia and Japan, and discuss what role you believe they will play in the future.

Senior Division:Recently, a Japanese developed maglev train broke the land speed record by travelling over 600km/h during testing. Do you believe high speed trains should be introduced to Australia? Based on the history of the shinkansen in Japan, discuss some of the possible costs and benefits of introducing high speed trains to Australia.

An awards ceremony is scheduled to be held in December 2016.


Thank you once again to all those who entered this year. We plan to hold the contest again in 2017 and we look forward to another strong contingent of entries.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 contest!

Junior Division (Years 7 & 8)

FirstMs Maggie LiuNorth Sydney Girls High School7
OutstandingMr Ethan RyooKnox Grammar School7
OutstandingMs Sarah SharpSt Columba's Catholic College8
Highly CommendedMs Alexandra Duke-YongeNorth Sydney Girls High School7
Highly CommendedMs Eloise FletcherKambala7
Highly CommendedMs Lola HaylockCardiff High School7
Highly CommendedMs Selina OrPenrith High School8
Highly CommendedMs Reina ReillyNorth Sydney Girls High School7
Highly CommendedMr Lance SantosPenrith High School8
Highly CommendedMs Jennifer SuNorth Sydney Girls High School8
Highly CommendedMs Ariana WangKambala7
Highly CommendedMr Bryce WyeSt Columba's Catholic College8
Highly CommendedMs Jessica ZhangNorth Sydney Girls High School8


Listed in alphabetical order within each prize category

Senior Division (Years 9 - 12)

FirstMr Brandon Ji-Seup YoonBarker College10
OutstandingMr Maxwell ColeSt Columba's Catholic College10
OutstandingMs Ella ScottRandwick Girls High School10
Highly CommendedMr Luke EnglishCentral Coast Grammar School12
Highly CommendedMs Perrie HuangKambala9
Highly CommendedMs Phoebe LiangGirraween High School12
Highly CommendedMs Nami LiuNorth Sydney Girls High School9
Highly CommendedMs Jacqueline MichalopoulosMarist Sister's College Woolwich10
Highly CommendedMs Gracen MoorePresbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale9
Highly CommendedMs Jody PanJames Ruse Agricultural High School11
Highly CommendedMr Samuel StanfordSt Columba's Catholic College9
Highly CommendedMs Isabella TaruminggiDarwin High School11
Highly CommendedMs Hui Yin (Beatrice) WanNorth Sydney Girls High School10


Listed in alphabetical order within each prize category


School of the Year 2016

St Columba's Catholic College


The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney wishes to the thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2016 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students.

Major Sponsors



2018 Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest for Young People (Win cash prizes and a trip to Japan)

Deadline: June 15, 2018

Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2018 International Essay Contest for Young People organized by the Goi Peace Foundation. This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development.

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

The Goi Peace Foundation is dedicated to fostering a sustainable and harmonious global society by promoting consciousness, values and wisdom for creating peace, and by building cooperation among individuals and organizations across diverse fields, including education, science, culture and the arts.


“The Change I Want to Make”

What is the one thing you would like to change the most to make your school, workplace, community, country or the world a better place? How would you bring about that change? Please share your concrete ideas.


The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

  • 1st Prize:    Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$880 as of January 2018) and gift – 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize:   Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of January 2018) and gift – 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize:    Certificate and gift – 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention:  Certificate and gift – 25 entrants

1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in Tokyo, Japan on November 23, 2018 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)

Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.

All prize winners will be announced on October 31, 2017 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2018.
>> We are unable to answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.


  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2018) in one of the following age categories:
  • Children (ages up to 14)
  • Youth (ages 15 – 25)


  • Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.
  • Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
  • Entries submitted by postal mail must include a cover page (free format) indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) your essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2018 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
  • Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’ names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  • Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.
  • If you have questions, please consult the FAQ section.



International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093, Japan

OR Send your essays online here.

For more information, visit Goi Peace International Essay Contest.


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