15 May 2021
Young Marine Biologists' Ocean Decade Writing Challenge
Three Sevenoaks students have been recognised in the Young Marine Biologists' Ocean Decade Writing Challenge finishing as runners up in their categories.
Congratulations to Oscar Petter (U6), Maddie Evans (Y7) and Alina Bhaiwala (Y7) who have been recognised in the Young Marine Biologists’ Ocean Decade Writing Challenge finishing as runners up in their categories.
We had a total of nine fantastic entries to the competition from Sevenoaks School with students ages spanning from Year 7 to Upper Sixth. Some of their excellent entries were published in the student-run Catalyst magazine.
Maddie and Alina were both runners up in the 14 and under category, with their fantastic pieces on the future of our oceans and ocean exploration by underwater drones respectively. Oscar was a runner up in the 15-18 category with his though-provoking essay on the potential of kelp farming to save our seas, which he based on his Extended Essay. All three students won prizes including books signed by Dr Scales and other marine biologists.
At the end of last year, Sevenoaks students were invited to take part in the Young Marine Biologists’ Ocean Decade Writing Challenge by Dr Helen Scales, a marine biologist and writer who has previously given a talk at Sevenoaks. She organised with the Marine Biological Association to mark the UN’s Ocean Decade.
The global competition asked young writers to write imaginatively in a maximum of 650 words on the theme ‘A Decade in the Ocean’, and encouraged students to write about what they think will change in science in the next ten years, what they think might be discovered, their own personal relationship with the ocean or how they think people will change the way they use and protect the ocean.
Well done to everyone who took part and a particular congratulations to Maddie, Alina and Oscar.