WelCom September 2020
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, announced in July, the winners of its 2020 SINGout4JUSTICE song-writing competition.
The theme of this year’s competition was LIGHT, from Pope Francis’ reminder 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. Caritas Education Adviser Teresa Shanks said, ‘We were unsure of how many entries we would get due to Covid-19 lockdown and its impact on schools. But it was great to receive the number of entries we did. We have amazing musical talent in this country and the various compositions students put together were a pleasure to listen to.’
The senior category winner (Years 11–13) is Shanille Lat, Year 13 student at Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, with her song The Journey of Faith. Shanille is the first student in the competition’s history to win more than once.
The junior-category winners (Years 7–10) are Olivia Selemaia, Yalaina Tubu, Trinity Tuineau, Aloyze Tafu and Marina Jones, Year 10 students, Sancta Maria College, Auckland, with their song Love and Light inspired by Mary and the school values.