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Jacque Emery Writing Competition

Last term, some of our talented writers from Years 5 and 6 were invited to enter ‘The Jacque Emery Writing Competition’ which is organised by Soroptimist International. St Faith’s was invited to participate by the local branch, which is based in Canterbury. All the pupils involved met with Miss Franklin on a number of occasions over the course of the Spring Term to debate the thought provoking question-

Are men and women equal in the world today?

In preparation for the sessions, the children were asked to research the topic at home and come into school prepared to put their viewpoint across and support it with evidence they had found. It was wonderful to see the children become so fired up by the topic. They were all able to talk confidently about their opinions on the topic during group discussion.

After a few discussion sessions, the children were tasked to independently write an essay (maximum of 500 words) responding to the question. The children worked hard to fit in researching and essay writing on top of their usual weekly commitments, as all work was completed outside of school time. The essays were sent away and marked on content as well as use of grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Four Year 6 pupils Honor, Leya, George and Imogen and two Year 5 pupils Frances and Maisie entered the competition and I am delighted to report that Maisie was selected as Winner of the Canterbury Heat. Her essay has gone forward to be judged alongside the other heat winners from the South East region to determine a ‘Winner of Winners’.  The panel was particularly impressed by Maisie’s ‘adult approach to the topic and the mature way that she developed and evidenced her ideas.  She had clearly done her research, her essay was well presented and she argued her point of view very well.

Well done to all the children who took part in the competition and good luck to Maisie for the next round of competition!