Selaia Kelemete of Moataa Preschool and Marlene Lameta of St Mary’s Primary School were the winners for this year’s School Artwork Competition.
The competition is part of this week’s National Environment Week celebration and was organised by the Disaster Management Office of the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment and in partnership with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture and SPREP.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Be Prepared to Be Spared” and the students were given the chance to display how to be prepared when disaster hits through their artwork.
According to the CEO of MNRE Suluimalo Amataga Penaia the three organisations sought the artistic talents of the preschool and primary students, to produce a poster of art work that reflected this year’s theme of “Be Prepared to be Spared”
“Judges from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, SPREP and DMO have reviewed all the art work submitted and marks according to the criterion,” he said.
“The art work was assessed by the panel of judges on how well it conveyed the theme, its appearance, it’s relevance to disaster preparedness, its originality and relevance to the Samoan context.
“Malo lava to all the students and thank you for your hard work and sharing your creative skills with us, all the art work was excellent and it’s great to see how students interpreted the importance of the messages of being prepared and to be steady.”
In an interview with Ms. Lameta about her artwork she said she drew her work in four days but her teacher helped her with the colouring.
“I have a passion for drawing and so when we were told to enter in the competition I was happy because I get to showcase my work to people,” she said.
“I didn’t expect to win I just participated in the competition because this week is the celebration of the environment week and I wanted to be part of this celebration.
“I am so happy and humbled because the judges saw my work and now it’s being display for everyone to see it.”
Asked what the message behind her drawing meant Ms. Lameta said “We have to be prepared for any disaster that comes.”
The 13 year-old is from the village of Vaimoso and she is in Year 8.
1st place – Selaia Kelemete of Moataa Preschool
2nd place – Unnamed Artist from Faleasiu Preschool
3rd place – Tiara Eli Elia Victoria of Moataa Preschool
4th place – Miriama Maualaivao, Lasia Avau, Panapa Mareko, Vaifale and Faasoa of Holy Family Preschool
5th place – Trinity Pinati of Sogi Preschool
1st place – Marlene Lameta – St Marys Primary School
2nd place – Pekina Maualaivao – St Marys Primary
3rd place – Salaevalu Brown – St Marys
4th place – students from Samoa Primary School
5th place – Poto Isitolo – St Marys Primary School