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Competition for Year 7-9 Students




Your Task


VIEW THE SLIDESHOW A Picture Paints a Thousand Words (click here) and consider –

  • What theme connects all the murals?
  • What theme connects all the text?
  • What message do all the artists want to send?
  • What message would you send in support of the artists’ theme?


WRITE  Write your response in 300-500 words.


Post your entry to: Competition, Onepoto Press, PO Box 52037, Titahi Bay, PORIRUA 5022 to arrive by Friday 26 March 2021. Include your name, class and school, an email address plus a signature from your teacher confirming it is your own work. Send emailed entries with scanned teachers’ signatures to


GET A 20% DISCOUNT VOUCHER. All valid entries receive a 20% discount code for L P Hansen’s new book, The Dark Quest of Countess X: A Call to the World’s Youth for yourself or your school library. (*see details below). The discount code will be emailed, so include an email address.


WIN. The winner gets books valued at more than $250 from Scholastic and other donors, plus gifts from Whittakers Chocolate and The Body Shop, companies known to be strong supporters of slave-free supply chains. 2nd and 3rd prizes are provided.


THE WINNERS will be notified by email and listed on this website.


* The Dark Quest of Countess X: A Call to the World’s Youth  by L P Hansen

SUMMARY: Calling herself Countess X, one of Europe’s richest billionaires invites the world’s youth to take up a modern day Quest. Will they help her to challenge a colossal abuse of human rights?  Teenagers submitting the most effective suggestions will be welcomed at her European residence to present their plans. But these submissions must be their own work.

More than forty young people converge on the château to share their plans and meet with wealthy philanthropists and others prepared to put the plans into practice.

Tensions accelerate as cheats are expelled, hostilities revealed and romances bloom. Then the pace of the Quest quickens – changing the participants forever.


Resources for further reading are provided at the end of the book.


(Note: The slides from A Picture Paints a Thousand Words are acknowledged as part of a project by The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), University of Nottingham, UK.)