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