Award-winning story writers

Selina Denyer and Nathaniel Graham were both acknowledged for their creative writing ability in the 2019 Tell Me A Story writing competition.
Selina Denyer and Nathaniel Graham were both acknowledged for their creative writing ability in the 2019 Tell Me A Story writing competition.

Barrington Public School students, Selina Denyer and Nathaniel Graham have been acknowledged for their creative writing ability in the 2019 Tell Me A Story writing competition.

It's the second year the Great Lakes Advocate has run the competition and the second year BPS students have been named on the list of winners. More than 70 students entered the competition, an increase on the 48 entries from last year, and awardees were celebrated at presentation on Friday, July 19.

BPS teacher, Dave Keen encouraged all his year five and six students to take part in the competition as it fitted in nicely with the narrative writing his class was already covering.

"The competition gives the students an opportunity to present their writing to a wider audience," Mr Keen explained. "It provides a different type of incentive for them; a different way to think about their writing."

It wasn't Selina's first time entering the competition, as the year six student entered with her year five class last year, her story achieving an excellence award. This year, her story, about a dog that accidentally shrinks its owner, achieved highly commended status.

"I guess I always wanted to write about something like that," Selina said of her story. She enjoys creative writing because you can make the story about anything you want.

For year five student Nathaniel, it was his first time entering and he chose to write about his chihuahua named Bruce. His work was also highly commended.

"I wanted it to be funny and I made it about a problem solving dog," he said. "I put it in the competition for fun, so it was a surprise to win."