Dr Mair met with some of our Senior School and Sixth Form creative writing challenge winners this week to award their prizes. The challenge was set during the last lockdown to encourage pupils to engage their imagination and get creative, and they didn’t let us down.
The Removes, Shells and Thirds were asked to write a poem inspired by the phrase ‘Spring Forward’ and the pieces produced were impressive in their range and scope. From sonnets and haiku to narrative and nonsense poems, lots of pupils were inspired by nature and the change of seasons. Others took a different slant and wrote about how war-torn cities rebuild in times of peace.
Pupils in Fourths, Fifths and the Sixth Form were given a different challenge and were asked to create a 500-word piece of flash fiction in a genre of their choice. These also proved wide ranging with standout pieces including a reflection on teenage life to an inventive story about a female author whose desire to have her own work published sees her reflecting on, and interweaving, some of her favourite pieces into a new work.
The competition certainly proved difficult to judge but the following pupils have all won Storyhouse vouchers for their winning and highly commended pieces.
Pictured here are Siena, Diego and Adam receiving their prizes from Dr Mair.
Winner – Siena Poole (RMRH)
Highly Commended – Diego Venturi (RMRL)
Winner – Oliver Billings (SHBRD)
Highly Commended – Lewis Howe (SHFOX)
Winner – Adaora Ekwueme (3GLA)
Highly Commended – Lily-Ella Barnard (3GRO)
Winner – Adam John (4GLA)
Winners (joint) – Isabel Sykes (5GLA) and Victoria Froehling (5GLA)
Winner – Isla Plass (L6WER)