Young Writer Presentation

The results of the Seaford Rotary Young Writer competition open to pupils from primary schools in the Seaford area was announced in a presentation ceremony held on 20th March at Seaford Head School.
Following the judges’ deliberations, two first prizes were awarded, one for prose and one for poetry. The winning entries were submitted by Fleur Dewing, Seaford Primary School, and Natalie Cottis, Annecy Catholic Primary School, for the poetry and prose sections respectively.
The Seaford Rotary Young Writer competition is part of a well-established and successful national Young Writer Competition promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland (RIBI). The competition is designed to support and encourage young people to use their writing skills and to write with imagination and creativity.
The competition was open to students in full time education in Year Six in the Seaford area primary schools with a qualifying age of 10 on the 31st August 2016. Entries were made through the entrant's primary school. Each primary school invited to take part selected and submitted three entries.
The task was to produce a written or typed fiction or non-fiction, a story or a poem entitled, 'REFLECTIONS'. An A4 page or up to five hundred words was suggested as a suitable submission.
Entries were received from Alfriston, Annecy Catholic, Cradle Hill, and Seaford Primary Schools.
The judges were:
• Mrs Juliet Smith, formerly High Sheriff of East Sussex, a past head and teacher of English
• Mr Giles Paley-Phillips, a local author of books for children and a past pupil of Seaford Head
• Mr Paul Johnson, Head of English at Seaford Head School.
The winners were announced at a presentation ceremony held at Seaford Head School attended by the three finalists from each school, their parents and teachers, the judges, Bob Ellis, Seaford Head Headmaster, the Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Lindsay Freeman, Seaford Deputy Young Mayor Thomas Exley, and members of the Seaford Rotary Club President Bill Pierce and other members of Seaford Rotary Club.
Unlike last year’s competition when there was one first prize awarded, the judges decided that for this year’s competition, prizes should be given for both prose and poetry.
Each finalist was awarded a certificate presented by Seaford Deputy Young Mayor Thomas Exley, and the two best entries in each category were read out in reverse alphabetical order to the assembled audience so that the suspense as to who had submitted the winning entry in each category was maintained.
Rotarian Keith Carlisle then opened the envelope (the correct envelope) containing the result and read out in reverse order the names of the runners up and winner in each category.
Prizes were presented to the runner up in the poetry section, Charlie Swain from Cradle Hill Primary School, and the winner, Fleur Dewing from Seaford Primary School by the Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Lindsay Freeman.
The Mayor of Seaford, Councillor Lindsay Freeman then presented the prizes for prose to Henry Maybury and Natalie Cottis, both from Annecy Catholic Primary School with their runner up and winners prizes respectively.
Seaford Rotary Club President Bill Pierce presented a cheque to representatives of both schools which the winning entrants attend, Seaford Primary School and Annecy Catholic Primary School.
Judge Juliet Smith said that ʺAll the finalists’ entries were inspirational and affirmative of their young talent. They had written with sensitivity and humanity to take a subject and show imagination and creativity in their own way. It had been a pleasure but difficult to judge all the entriesʺ.
Both the winners and runner up in both categories will be entered for the Rotary District 1145 competition.

posted: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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