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Success in Columban Competition

Columban essay winners


Two Sixth Form students from St Paul’s Catholic School have scooped third place in the writing section of the Young Journalists Competition in the Columban Region of Britain. 

Anushka Fernandes, who wrote on ‘It takes cool people to help a warm planet’ and Mary-Cindy Okafor who wrote on ‘We need to talk about our future, because I want there to be one’, won joint third place. 

Laura Maw, Head of RE at St Paul’s, said:  “This is a great achievement for Anushka and Mary-Cindy and we are very proud that their thoughtful essays have been recognised in this way.” 

The competition ‘The Challenge of Climate Change’ was run by the Columban Missionary Society and open to young people 15-18 years old. Two separate strands were held - one for students in Britain and the other for those in Ireland. The objective was to encourage students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.  Each had two categories, writing and video, and leading journalists in Ireland and Britain judged the entries. The subject matter recognised the Columbans’ long established advocacy on Climate Change in all 16 countries where Columbans work. 

A formal presentation will be made to the winners from Britain during the lobby of parliament on Climate Change in London on 26 June.


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