500 Words House Competition - winners announced!

A little later than planned, but Mrs Carlile is delighted to announce the winners of the Holyrood 500 Words House Competition, which we held alongside the national BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition.

We were very grateful to our external judge, Jo Portway, Outreach Officer for Somerset Libraries whose role it is to go out to schools and communities working to build strong relationships. She said, "As part of this role I was given the honour of judging the 500 words competition for both BBC Radio 2 and Holyrood Academy. During the BBC competition I judged over 200 stories but my favourite, and highest scoring, story came from a student at Holyrood Academy. There were so many imaginative ideas, heartfelt tales and brilliant use of language that it was hard to find a winner. However, the idea of pencils and erasers having a war, in the story “How to Erase a War”, used such excellent metaphors and clever play on words, that it was my favourite story I read overall. I wish you all luck with your entries into the BBC Radio 2 competition and look forward to reading more of your stories next year."

So...the Holyrood Academy 500 Words winner is....Rosie Zbijowski-Harris, Year 8! Congratulations! Rosie will receive 150 house points, a book and some stationery on our return to school. We think you will want to read Rosie's story, click here to be entertained.

Jo also awarded two runners-up...Year 7 students Scarlett Spokes and Milly Tinson. Congratualtions also! Scarlett and Milly will receive 100 house points, a book and some stationery on our return to school.

Every entry will also receive 50 house points on our return to school. Mrs Carlile said, "I was absolutely delighted with the passion and creativity of the entries this year. The themes were so varied and interesting from dystopian fantasy to adventure and mystery. A huge well done to all that took part."

We are aware of one student, Charlie Durie, whose entry into the national competition has made it into the final 5000 from 135,000 entries! Well done Charlie - we look forward to hearing from you again in May when the winners are due to be announced, and the very best of luck! If anyone else has made it through to the second round, then please let Mrs Carlile know.

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