In Term 3, during the run up to Book Week and as part of a writing extension, students in Year 5 and 6 who have a passion and talent in story writing participated in the National Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship Competition. The focus was on short story writing with the story length being between 250 to 350 words. The starting line for every story was, “The last thing I expected to see when I woke up was…”. Students worked with Mrs. Mitchell in the planning, editing and publishing of their stories. Each story had to be hand written and penmanship was also considered.
The competition was judged by renowned children’s author, Andy Griffiths and Sonja Walker, director of Kid’s First Children’s Services.
Bayley O’Brien in Year 5 won Queensland Second Prize out of 3800 entries.
The story explores the 3D reality world of video games and ends with a strong message for all students on how important it is to be careful and to choose the games that you play wisely.
Mr Griffiths said that they chose Bayley’s story because it showed a lot of imagination and a clear plot. He said, “It was a great story that keeps the reader’s interest from beginning to end.
As a Second Place winner, Bayley won $500, a $100 Pilot pen pack and a signed Andy Griffiths book pack worth $100.
Bayley’s story can be viewed at:
Assistant Head of Primary