Jimmy Kaye Writing Competition
The Association holds a Japanese writing competition for Hobsons Bay secondary students each year. The writing competition was established to improve students’ understanding of the Japanese language and promote awareness of the Association within the Hobsons Bay Community.
The competition was named after Jimmy Kaye, a founding member of the Association, to acknowledge his considerable contribution during the early years. Jimmy represented Toyota and worked enthusiastically for the Association fostering the strong relationship between the two cities.
The categories for the competition are:
Year 12 students (Unit 3-4 Japanese) maximum 600 characters/letters – Prize $350
Year 11 students (Unit 1-2 Japanese) maximum 500 characters/letters – Prize $250
Year 10 students maximum 400 characters/letters – Prize $200
Year 9 students maximum 400 characters/letters – Prize $200
Entries are required to be hand written in English and Japanese.
Judging is carried out by a panel of HBIFA members and a representative from Anjo City.
The winner of the year 12 category has their essay read to the Hobsons Bay Mayor and the Anjo student delegation at a formal reception in late June.
Some of the previous writing competition topics have included:
- My three favourite places in Hobsons Bay are….
- Describe at least three locations in Hobsons Bay you would take a Japanese student and explain why you would take them there
The competition is currently closed and will re-open in March 2020.
Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association
Sister Cities with the City of Anjo, Japan 安城市 – Since 1988