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Host of pupils thrive as part of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition

Host of pupils thrive as part of BBC Radio 2's 500 Words competition

A host of creative writing pupils at Rydal Penrhos have been putting their imaginations to good use in a national competition.

Lower School pupils put their thinking caps on to come up with a story for the BBC Radio Two’s 500 Words competition,

All submissions were read and judged by Headmaster Simon Smith, Head of English and Drama Leah Crimes and Head of Lower School Gabriella Murphy.

The overall school winner was Year 7 pupil Chay Bonnington, who will progress to the next round of the competition where he will join hundreds of other entries throughout the UK in the hope of achieving success.

Joe Allen picked up the best in Year 8 category for his story entitled ‘Stuck in the Blue’, with Tasnim Mortuza and Arthur Hind finishing as runners-up.

James Copeland’s imaginative ‘Steps to Writing a 500 Word Story’ earned him the best in Year 7 title, and the 11-year-old told his wonderful tale in-front of a packed Memorial Hall at the recent End of Term Prize Giving Assembly.

The runner-up awards went Gregor Parry and Sophie Madden for their stories ‘Infiltration’ and ‘Malika’.

Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online for the competition, which was devised by DJ and presenter Chris Evans.

If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity such as Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, said: “All Lower School pupils submitted entries. Copies of these stories were read by Mr Smith, Mrs Crimes and Mrs Murphy, who thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative adventures the writers created.”

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