Celebrating young writers

The final week of Term 3 finished on a high for this group of primary school students. We were delighted to once again host the awards event for Write On, a writing competition for students in Years 1 to 6 in NSW schools. Write On is a NSW Education Standards Authority (formerly BOSTES) program designed to encourage students to develop their creative writing skills by composing a 500-word imaginative text in response to a stimulus photograph which comes from the State Library’s collection.

group of primary students holding certificates alongside two men standing on the stairs

The image chosen for this year’s competition is a photograph by award- winning Sydney based photographer Wendy McDougall. The Library holds a number of Wendy’s photographs in our extensive photography collection and the one chosen as the stimulus captures the excitement of a group of bystanders as they line Sussex Street, awaiting the arrival of the Chinese New Year parade.

black and white photo of people lining Sussex St awaiting Chinese New year parade

Gold awards were presented to 18 students from schools across NSW.

Stage 1

Kayla Balban - St James Catholic Primary School

Tahlia Bowen - Burrabadine Cornerstone Christian School

Olivia Kim - Meriden Junior School

Hakone Licerald - Sacred Heart Pymble

Banjo Lieutenant - Mosman Church of England Preparatory School

Benjamin Robinson - Wagga Wagga Christian College      

Stage 2

Thomas Cartman - Glenbrook Public School

Daria Mihaljevic - Tara Anglican School for Girls

Oscar Nuttall - Narabeen North Public School

Sienna Rowe - St Gerards Primary School Carlingford

Michiko Versluis - Grahamstown Public School

Estella Wong - St Joseph’s Murwillumbah

Stage 3

Abby Brady - St Patricks School Gosford

Ella Coady - Meriden Junior School

Alexandra Inglis - Gib Gate

Iris Lee - Kambala

Ariane Saywell - Loreto Kirribilli

Emma Wildes - Northholm Grammar School

Awards were presented by Dr John Vallance, State Librarian and CE and Mr David de Carvalho, CEO, NESA. After the official proceedings students and their families and teachers celebrated with a special morning tea before embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour of the State Library. Who knows -one day the published works of these budding authors may be represented in the State Library collections.  primary students and a female teacher standing around a map on the floor