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155 entries were received from 64 schools.

In the various age ranges the numbers of entries / numbers of schools were:
 7-11, 23/9; 11-14, 118/45; 14-16, 13/9; 16-18, 1/1.

The competition was organized and assessed by the RAS Education Committee

The Winners

 7–11 Years:

First: Penybont Primary School, Bridgend, Penybont: Primary Times (Year 4/5, Mrs Davies)

Joint Second: Horndean JS, Waterlooville: The Daily Enterprise (Class 6LP)
 Horndean JS, Waterlooville: Shooting Star (Class 6CA)


11–14 Years:

Joint First: Prior Park College, Bath: The Everest Has Landed (Form 4 Set 3)
South Hampstead High School, London: Orion Times (Year 8)
The International School Bangalore, India: Mission Possible (Class 8B)

Joint Second: The Royal Belfast Academical Institution: Belfast Bulletin (Form 2T1)
Chatham Grammar School for Girls: The Star (Class 7G)
St Joseph's RC Middle School, Hexham: The New Planet


14–16 Years:

Joint First: Challney High School for Boys, Luton: Challney Gazette
 Madras College, St Andrews: Seeing Red (Sarah Dunn)

Joint Second: Easthampstead Park School, Bracknell: The Daily Reporter  (Lilian Squires)
Coombe Girls' School, New Malden: The Red Moon (Louise Champion & Deniz Ugur)
The Grange School, Bristol: The
Phoenix (Charlotte Sobey)


16–18 Years:

First: Sir Roger Manwood's Grammar School, Sandwich: Astronomy News (Becky Morris)


The competition!

Imagine the year is 2040 and you, and the rest of the world, are watching TV images of the first humans walking on the surface of Mars. We invite school pupils to create a newspaper or a feature article to mark this very special day.

The Newspaper Competition is for age ranges 7-11 and 11-14 years and the Feature Article Competition for age ranges 14-16 and 16-19 years. Groups or committed individuals may enter, but based on past experience, we strongly recommend that the Newspaper Competition be undertaken by groups of pupils.

For teachers, this is an excellent opportunity to forge cross-curricular links and to use the Internet and your library to search for material.

The competition is organised by the Education Committee of the Royal Astronomical Society. Closing date 1st September 2003. Please consult the full competition rules before starting work. Go to www.ras.org.uk and follow the Education Committee links.