Essay prize winners on the theme of ‘mobility’

WYNG-Philomathia essay prize winners 2018 at Trinity Hall

This is the fifth year that the WYNG and Philomathia Foundations have supported an essay prize for children who are studying at government run non-fee paying secondary schools in Hong Kong, as part of the Foundation’s media award.

This year 93 entrants wrote on the theme of mobility and prize winners were:

  1. CHAN, Ethan Siyan, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
  2. HO, Man Hei, Wa Ying College
  3. TSANG, Nicol, DGS
  4. YEUNG, Tivona Ka Yu, St. Paul’s Convent School
  5. WONG, Sum Chit, Belilios Public School
  6. POON, Wing Man, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School
  7. CHIN, Cheuk Yue, Carmel Pak U Secondary School

Each year the prize winners spend some time in College in July; they attend the open days and have a supervision on their essay, given by a Trinity Hall Fellow. There is also time for the group to see some of the sites of Cambridge and London. The Master presented the winners with their certificates at a dinner in College.

Other finalists have the opportunity to attend a summer school taught by Cambridge scholars at the Canadian International School campus in Hong Kong, which takes place at the end of July, with several Trinity Hall Fellows going there to teach.

Dr Andrew Murray, Admissions Tutor for Science, says:

“This is now the fifth year we have welcomed the WYNG-Philomathia essay prize winners to Trinity Hall, with our winners hailing from seven different Hong Kong schools this time round. The theme this year was a challenging one, but when I read the 40 shortlisted essays that were sent my way in May I was hugely impressed by the quality and also by the different ways in which the students had interpreted Mobility. I could see that the judges would have difficulty selecting the winners, and so it must have proved with more prizes awarded than in previous years. This contest has been a great success in identifying intelligent and articulate young Hong Kong students, each with great imagination and a burning passion to work towards a fairer society. As with all of our outreach activities, in the UK and overseas, I hope that we have been able to inspire these students to aim high when applying for University, and hopefully to consider Cambridge as one of their choices. I am preparing to step down after nine years in the role of Admissions Tutor, but I will do so with many fond memories of the projects that we have developed to work with outstanding young men and women such as these.”

Previous themes for the essay prize have included ‘waste’, ‘poverty’,‘air’ and ‘identity’. The 2019 theme will be ‘opportunity’ – see www.wma.hk.

The WYNG Foundation also run a photography competition as part of their media award and we are pleased that the winning photographs from previous years’ photography competitions are now on display in the public spaces in WYNG Gardens.

With thanks to the WYNG Foundation and Philomathia Foundation for their generous support of the prize and our outreach activity in Hong Kong.Thanks also to the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters for their help with outreach to schools.