History Fair winners receive prizes


17-October-2011

Winners of the open category, Christianne and Emile Esparon accept their prize from Minister Shamlaye

The aim of the fair was to educate students and the public alike on the importance of history and its impact on society and their own development as well as to add more material to the local archive and museums to help contribute towards the preservation of national heritage and cultural identity.

The exhibition and prize giving ceremony was held at the National Library in the presence of the Minister for Social Development and Culture, Bernard Shamlaye; the Minister for Education, Employment and Human Resources, Macsuzy Mondon; the principal secretary for the Department of Culture, Raymonde Onezime; public relations and marketing manager for the principal secretary of the Culture Department, Geneviève Morel; fair participants; sponsors; teachers and students.

The fair consisted of three categories – primary, secondary and open.
 
First place in the primary category went to Glacis school with its theme The District With the Most Cemeteries.

They were awarded two cash prizes – one sponsored by Belairy Insurance Broker and the other by the Seychelles Heritage Foundation – as well as books sponsored by Barclays Bank Seychelles.



The winners of the primary (above) and secondary categories posing with their prizes next to their entries

La Rosière came in second place with their theme Bazar, Leker Lavil Victoria  which received cash prizes sponsored by the Seychelles Heritage Foundation and Gill’s Pest Control, as well as books sponsored by Barclays Bank Seychelles.

In third place was the Independent School with the theme The History of Prisons in Seychelles. It was also awarded a cash prize sponsored by the Victoria Petrol Station, a voucher sponsored by the Seychelles Trading Company and books sponsored by Barclays Bank of Seychelles.

In the secondary category, first place was taken by La Digue school with the theme The History of the Diguois Family Tree. It was awarded two cash prizes – one sponsored by the Development Bank of Seychelles and the other by Belairy Insurance Broker, as well as books sponsored by Barclays Bank Seychelles.

Second place went to the Independent School with the theme Weddings in Seychelles for which it was awarded a cash prize sponsored by Gerard Lafortune and books sponsored by Barclays Bank Seychelles.

Third prize went to Plaisance school which was awarded two cash prizes sponsored by Francourt Imports and Ramesh Pillay Damoo Company, and books sponsored by Barclays Bank Seychelles.

The open category was made up of only two entries, with first place going to Christianne and Emile Esparon with their theme Chronicles of Orphanages and second place awarded to Josette Desaubin with her theme The Seychelles Tea Project.

Both came away from the fair with vouchers sponsored by the Seychelles Trading Centre and a cash prize sponsored by the Seychelles Heritage Foundation.

Each school and all students who took part from each category were also awarded a shield and certificate.

The overall winner to receive the Captain Webb’s Award – named after the founder of the Seychelles Archives in 1964 – was La Digue secondary school followed by a prize for Baie Ste Anne primary for best effort.

“This year’s projects are of very good quality, suggesting that students and all involved have dug really deep into the history of Seychelles to come up with these interesting displays; no doubt a very tough job for the judges,” said Miss Morel.

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