The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Caritas announces winners of 2020 SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition

Event date: 
23 Jul 2020

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition.

The theme of this year’s competition was LIGHT. Pope Francis reminds us that “God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.” Students from around New Zealand submitted entries to this year’s competition, which was extended due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We were unsure of how many entries we would get due to Covid-19, lockdown and the impact that this would have on schools, but it was great to receive the number of entries that we did. We have amazing musical talent in this country and the various compositions that students put together were a pleasure to listen to,” said Teresa Shanks, Caritas Education Advisor.

A team of judges at Caritas scored each entry based on composition and performance. “In many cases, the songs were so good that many of the judges couldn’t get the tunes out of their heads! Everyone who took part should be so proud of what they have achieved,” said Michael Stewart, Caritas Education Coordinator.

The winners for the junior category (Years 7-10) are Marina Jones, Yalaina Tubu, Trinity Tuineau, Aloyze Tafu and Olivia Selemaia, Year 10 students at Sancta Maria College in Auckland, with their song Love and Light. Their song was inspired by the Virgin Mary, an advocate for all and a light of guidance.

The winner for the senior category (Years 11-13) is Shanille Lat, a Year 13 student at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt, with her song The Journey of Faith. Shanille Lat is the first student in the history of the competition to have won more than once after her win two years ago with Ngarangi Sadlier-Patmore and their song Questions.

All are invited to listen to the winning entries on the Caritas website: SINGout4JUSTICE. The website also lists those students who were highly commended by the judges of the competition.

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