Aspiring story-writers have been praised for their contribution to a popular national competition.
A large number of Lower School pupils recently took part in the BBC Radio Two’s 500 words competition, which was devised by DJ Chris Evans and has grown into one of the world’s most renowned story-writing showcases, with nearly one million entries since its inception.
Although none of them managed to secure a place in the coveted final, many were acknowledged with prizes from Rydal Penrhos staff for their considerable efforts to produce some fantastic and imaginary final stories.
Year 8 pupil John Williams and Year 7 pupil Freddie James were crowned the winners from the school entries for their tales entitled The Medic’s Lost Brother and The Zombie Olympics respectively.
A number of runner-up prizes were also presented, with Sophie Madden (Windswept), Gregor Perry (Agony of the Mind), James Copeland (The Invention of the Human) and Aimee Wale (A Drop in the Ocean) all receiving recognition for their work.
Jasmin Lewis (What Life is Like), Lily Davies (The Music Box), Emily Jones (Wave after Wave) and Caitriona Searl (The Two-Faced Girl?) rounded off the runners-up awards.
English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle, said: “Each member of Lower School that entered the competition produced really creditable work that took a great deal of time and effort, and all are to be congratulated on their preparation and their final work throughout the story-writing process.
“The 500 words competition is a great way to enhance the sort of creativity we see on a day to day basis here at Rydal Penrhos, and well done in particular to Freddie and John for emerging victorious from the school competition.”