Marine Month Competition

November 01, 2016 Pinkey Ngewu


Dyer Island Conservation Trust in partnership with CapeNature and the Overstrand Municipality ran a competition with the schools in the Overberg area, from Hawston to Gansbaai. October month was a national marine month.

This competition ran in three different categories with exciting prizes!


Colouring competition – Grade 1 till Grade 3
Poetry competition – Grade 4 till Grade 7
Essay competition – Grade 8 till Grade 11

The learners wrote a poem / essay about our oceans - impact of pollution – the marine BIG 5 - Ways how we can take care of the oceans.
They used their imagination!! Did research and used facts! They went crazy!!

Colouring  :                     1st Ntsako Sithole from Curro
                                      2nd Rachel Horn from Okkie Smuts
                                      3rd  Ronja Conrad from Okkie Smuts

Poetry :                           1st Kaylin Robertson from Gansbaai Primer
                                       2nd Meaghan McLachlan from Hermanus Primary
                                       3rd Nevellia October from Laerskool Gansbaai

Essay  :                           1st Aimelize Geerdts from Gansbaai Academia
                                       2nd Odwa Mntakaziwa from Gansbaai Academia

Special Commendation
Humour :                         Tsoanelo Haarhof from Gansbaai Primer
                                       Dederei Johnson from Mount Pleasant

Outstanding effort :           Lara Strydom from Laerskool Gansbaai

This competition aimed at enhancing the learners to understand the ocean systems, create awareness about our MARINE ENVIRONMENT, the MARINE BIG 5 and in the process inspiring them to take care of our oceans. Dyer Island Cruises sponsored a boat trip as a huge prize for the top 30 winners. CapeNature, Overstrand Municipality and DEA’s Marine and Coastal Management sponsored goodie bags containing caps, notebooks, stationary sets, lunchboxes and waterbottles. Mike Gibbs the funder of the DEEP BLUE ambassador programme and Mr Stephen Walker, local resident of Kleinbaai sponsored the first three runner ups of the competition with shopping vouchers from Spar supermarket. The response was great especially from Primary schools and the kids had a magical marine safari.