Last week the State Library hosted the word eXpress awards night ceremony to celebrate 19 students who completed the HSC English Extension 2 course in 2016, and whose work was selected by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to be published in the Young Writers Showcase 16. The selected students were joined on the night by their very proud families, teachers and principals.
The English Extension 2 course requires a high level of independence from students as they work to produce an extended composition, known as a Major Work. This work can be presented in a variety of formats, extending from print to sound, visual or digital media. The students selected for this year’s showcase produced scripts, short stories, performance poetry, speeches, critical responses, and poems, and were inspired by themes ranging from Greek mythology, the visual arts, political and linguistic theory and gender equality within Islam to World War I, Australian national identity, gothic horror and bibliotherapy.
The word eXpress program also includes acquiring the student works for the Library collection and it is wonderful to see how thrilled these young people are to discover that their work will preserved forever as part of the Mitchell collection. The Library also makes accessible the reflection statements (a component of the course) which provide an excellent exemplar for students currently undertaking the course.
Full day seminars in Sydney and two rural venues are offered in October/November as students embark on this challenging courses. Bookings for these seminar days will open in early September
Our congratulations to the 19 students, their families and teachers appearing in the Young Writers Showcase 16.