The English Department was extremely pleased to discover the School’s great success in the local rounds
of the Young Writers competition, run by the Rotary Club. This is one of the many national competitions devised by the Rotary Club, which thousands of
school-aged pupils across the country enter.
This year the topic was ‘A Different Perspective’ and entrants had to write a response of about 500 words as their submission. Having made 7 entries across the two relevant age groups (Intermediate being open to pupils in Senior 1-3 and Senior for those in Senior 4-Upper Sixth), we were delighted to hear that in the Intermediate category Olivia M (Senior 1) had been awarded first place, while Milly C (Senior 2) won second place and Rosie H (Senior 3) third place.
Of Olivia’s prize-winning story, the judges wrote: “Rich in imagery and using all the sense to convey the feeling of isolation, Olivia has drawn the reader into the lonely world of a ghost.” Milly’s story was judged to be “a very timely piece, allowing insight into the lives of those who may struggle day-to-day” and the Rotary Club noted that Rosie’s entry was “chilling” with “the wonderful sense of freedom in the opening paragraph soon contrasted with the horror of men raiding the village." In the Senior category, Rose C (Senior 4) was awarded third place, with judges commenting that “this is a wonderfully sensory and descriptive piece of writing about grief and moving on from bereavement”. Tabby S (Senior 4) was Highly Commended in the Senior category, with the judges expressing regret that the tight field had meant she was not placed in the final three and remarking that her tale created a “sense of unease and the persistent feeling of isolation and not belonging”.
As prize-winner of the Intermediate category, Olivia’s entry will be sent, with other local finalists, to be judged at district level.