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Young Writer Presentation Evening

The annual Rotary Young Writer Presentation Evening attended by hopeful young writers, their parents and teachers took place on Monday 11th March at Seaford Head School Steyne Road site.
Also present at the ceremony were Bob Ellis, Headmaster of Seaford Head school, the Mayor of Seaford Councillor Linda Wallraven, Seaford Young Mayor Dominic Avey, Deputy Young Mayor James Jenkins, Seaford Rotary Club President Steven Willox and other members of Seaford Rotary Club.
This year, year 6 students from three schools, Seaford Primary School, Annecy Catholic Primary School and Cradle Hill Primary School, were competing. Each school submitted the best four pieces of prose or poetry as chosen by the respective Year 6 teachers for entry into the Rotary competition for consideration by our panel of independent judges, Giles Paley-Phillips, a local author of children’s books, Ben Messer, senior English teacher at Seaford Head school and Mary Young, a retired primary headteacher.
The theme selected this year by Rotary of Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) was “My Inspiration” which certainly touched the fuse of creativity amongst the students.
Paul Vaesen Chairman of our Youth Committee addressed the assembled audience with an overview of the projects and work undertaken by the Rotary Club of Seaford for the benefit of young people in the town including the Young Writers competition.
The standard of the work produced by the students was very high. All twelve entrants fully merited the certificates presented to them by Young Mayor Dominic Avey.
Judges Giles Paley-Phillips and Ben Messer read and commented upon the three prize winning entries before Rotarian Michael Allen, who was chairing proceedings, called upon Seaford Mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven to present the certificates and cash prizes to the winners. Unfortunately, the third judge Mary Young was unable to attend due to illness but nevertheless she had read the entries and had given her judgement.
The names of the third, second and first prize winners were announced in reverse order. Third prize was awarded to Freddie Jarvis from Cradle Hill Primary School, second prize was awarded to Aimee Barrett from Annecy Catholic Primary School.
The overall winner was Ayla Graham from Seaford Primary school and her delightful poem will be entered into the Rotary District competition which will be judged in April.
The last prize is that awarded to the school of the winning Young Writer. Seaford Rotary Club President Steven Willox presented the school prize won by Seaford Primary School to Susie Hemsley, a teacher from the school.
All of the students are to be congratulated for taking part in this creative and somewhat demanding competition and we hope that they gain greatly from the experience.

posted: Monday, 11 March 2019

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