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Welcome to Top of the Pods! 🎉

Top of the Pods is back for another year!

GCSN, Christchurch City Libraries, LOOP (Papanui Youth Development Trust) and Plains FM are excited to present Top of the Pods 2024, a podcasting competition where teams of ākonga from across greater Christchurch can create and submit their own podcast, learn new skills, and win awesome prizes! ​

For 2024 we are excited to announce that there will be two categories for this year's competition: The Future is a Wonderful Place and Open. Teams can choose which category they would like to enter. 

Schools or whānau can register teams of up to 12 tamariki in Years 5 - 10 with each team having until 18 October to create and submit their own unique <20 minute podcast. Support sessions will be run by Christchurch City Libraries and LOOP where ākonga can work on their podcasts and learn new podcasting skills! Learn more about how to get involved by following the link below or visiting the competition webpage


Important dates

Competition entries open - June 2024

Podcast support & drop in sessions - Monday 9 September - Friday 11 October (Week 8, Term 3 - Term 3 school holidays)

Submissions close - Friday 18 October (Week 1, Term 4)

Prizegiving and showcase - Wednesday 23 October, 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Check out our awesome prizes!

There are so many amazing prizes up for grabs this year! We will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for both categories as well as special prizes for standout teams and more! 

1st place - Up to $500 worth of podcasting equipment for your school 

Specialist equipment based on your schools' needs OR one podcast recorder with two microphones and leads (a perfect setup for amateur podcasters!) 

2nd place - Create your own T-shirt masterclass 

One two-hour session for up to 12 ākonga at the Libraries with all the materials to design and print a set of commemorative Top of the Pods T-shirts. 

3rd place - Lucky dip!

Pool passes, books, drink bottles, and more... 



There are 4 easy steps to get involved in Top of the Pods 2024:

  1. Download and familiarise yourself with the entry criteria, judging criteria and sign a release form 

  2. Register your interest 

  3. Sign up for workshops - This year we are offering structured podcasting skills sessions facilitated by Christchurch City Libraries and one on one team support sessions facilitated by LOOP!

  4. 🎉 Submit your podcast 🎉 

Follow the link below to learn more, register your interest, sign up to workshops and submit your podcasts!


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