Pupils’ stunning stories are something to shout about!

CHIMES of success rang out from the Town Crier’s bell to herald another superb year of story writing for children at North West Academies Trust (NWAT) schools. 

In a special zoom celebration David Millington, Chester’s official Town Crier, bellowed out the winners of NWAT’s annual competition which challenges pupils to write 500-word tales. 

The budding authors, who attend NWAT primary schools across Cheshire and Shropshire, let their imaginations run wild to produce a stunning array of stories in every genre from real life to outer space fantasy. 

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “Once again I’m delighted that so many children entered and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading their stories. I say it every year, but the imagination they show never ceases to amaze me.  

“It’s always important to celebrate hard work and achievement, but it’s perhaps even more vital to shout it from the rooftops right now after the challenging 18 months we have all been through. This competition showcased everything that is good about our schools and why we are so proud of our children.” 

The pupils who took part attend Chester schools Grosvenor Park Academy and Acresfield Academy; Mid Cheshire schools Delamere Academy, Oak View Academy and Weaverham Primary Academy; and Ellesmere Primary School in Shropshire. 

The excited finalists tuned in to listen to Mr Millington declare Ellesmere Primary School’s Tanara Curran (Year 5) the overall winner with The Emerald Turtle. She won £50 in Waterstones Vouchers and £250 for her school.  

Second place went to Rosie Charley (Year 4) Ellesmere Primary School with Sandy Sweet, she won £40 in Waterstones Vouchers and £200 for her school.  

Third place went to Reuben Hornby (Year 2) Delamere Academy with his version of Jack and The Beanstalk, he received £30 in Waterstones Vouchers and £150 for his school.  

The other 10 finalists received £10 in vouchers each, with a £100 special prize going to Delamere Academy for encouraging the most children to take part. 

Their creations had been judged by a NWAT panel and Mr Mitchell, who read the three winners’ stories out loud. 

The awards ceremony is usually held at Waterstones Chester but, due to social distancing precautions, teachers staged the event online to make sure the celebrations were safe. 

Judges described the stories as ‘quirky’, ‘humorous’ and ‘moving’, with explorations of everything from other realms to complex emotional and social issues. 

Mr Mitchell, who was a primary school teacher for 16 years and is a writer himself, said: “The first place story was so moving i was concerned about reading it aloud.   

“Story writing is very challenging for children, particularly finishing with a good ending, but they all managed to keep me guessing.” 

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The North West Academies Trust 500 Word Writing Competition 2021 finalists are:  

Finalists – Years 1 and 2   

Nadia Kazem (Year 1) Delamere Academy.  

Georgia Buckley (Year 2) Delamere Academy.  

Rueben Hornby (Year 2) Delamere Academy.  

Finalists – Years 3 and 4   

Rosie Charley Year 4 Ellesmere Primary School.   

Alex Caunce Year 4 Acresfield Primary School.   

Isla Thompson Year 3 Delamere Academy.  

Lilly-Marie Wadkin Year 3 Oak View Academy.  

Finalists – Years 5 and 6  

Ava Birchall Year 5 Delamere Academy.  

Alex Mayne Year 6 Acresfield Primary School.  

Sam Haydock Year 6 Acresfield Primary School.  

Tanara Curran Year 5 Ellesmere Primary School.  

Benjamin Coward-Auclair Year 5 Grosvenor Park Academy.  

Eleanor Johnson Year 5 Grosvenor Park Academy.  

Hayley Lawlor Clarke Year 6 Weaverham Primary Academy.  

James Ashley Year 6 Weaverham Primary Academy.  

Prize: Finalists win a £10 Waterstones Voucher.  

Special Prize:  £100 goes to Delamere Academy for encouraging most children to take part.