100 word short story competition winners!

During Term 3 the 100-word short story competition ran for a fourth year.

Every year we had double the entries compared to the previous year. It was great to see so many students submitting entries. Some of the stories were funny, some were scary and some were sad. All were written well and demonstrated wonderful imaginations.

A big thank you to Mrs Crickitt and Mrs Fuller for doing the hard job of judging and choosing the winners. In the end there were two clear winners – both stories were exactly 100 words. Both winners received a certificate and an Itunes voucher.

Winner #1  – Lydia Vale Year 9

I surged into the air with a single beat of my wings, exhilaration coursed through me as wind tore past my scaled body. I rushed up to meet the clouds, elated as I drew closer with every powerful wingbeat. I stretched out my arm to let my talons run along the side of the wispy nimbus. The cloud felt light and cool, and I found myself diving into it, emerging covered in puffs of white. I had never known such joy when I was tethered to that cliff, longingly gazing up at the sky. I felt unstoppable. I was unstoppable.

Winner #2  – Charlotte Clark Year 8

Broken Pieces

She picked up the prism pieces that reflected slithers of darkened light. The echoes that whispered oozed out, criticizing her as they fell. Her impression that the fragments left stayed, battered and distorted. Her eyes gazed to the light as if to find solace but instead it cast shadows upon her. Cuts began to appear on her hand despite not being cut. Seeping speech drained from the wounds surrounding her in anguish as she heard others torments that dwelled within her, her cracks deepening. Picking up the prism pieces she bitterly saw her reflection and crumbled into several broken pieces

Below is the video played at the end of the term assembly

What Matters?

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‘What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 5 – 12 students
in  NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today.

Students write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to them and why. Entries must be typed on A4 paper.

‘The Years 7/8 category winners will each receive a full-day creative writing workshop donated by The Writing Workshop, conducted by award-winning author Bernard Cohen.

The Year 9/10 category winner will be invited to spend a day at the Inspire Foundation, meeting the ReachOut.com Crew and receiving professional training. They will also be offered the opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for the ReachOut.com website.

The Year 11/12 category winner will receive a 1 Year Membership to the NSW Writers’ Centre, and the opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop donated by the NSW Writers’ Centre. The Year 11/12 category winner will also receive a book voucher to the value of $100.

If you would like to enter, collect an entry form from Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom or download it from the link below.

Entries must be returned to Miss Smith by the end of the term for you to be able to enter!

Click here for the entry form

2015 Poetry Competition winners

During Term 3 the Poetry competition ran again for a second year. We received double the number of last year’s entries which was really encouraging to see.

A number of creative and thoughtful poems were entered that covered a range of topics from nature, creation to love.

The poems were all read and judged by the English faculty and after much deliberation two winners were chosen; one from Years 7-9 and one from Years 10-12.

Congratulations to the following students

Junior Secondary (Yrs 7-9) winner

Felise L “Rose”

 

Senior Secondary (Yrs 10-12) Winner

Neysha S “Genesis”

 

Runners up

Arad B “Uncaged”

Dayanara C “Wound”

Below are the winning entries.

Rose

Careful, careful,

I’m fragile,

Soft and sweet,

Careful, careful,

I’m sharp,

Don’t let me hurt you,

Careful, careful,

Not too tight,

I’ll break,

Careful, careful,

Not too much,

I’ll drown,

Careful, careful,

Not enough,

I’ll wither

Careful, careful,

Stay by my side,

Don’t let me fall,

Careful, careful,

I’m fragile,

Soft and sweet,

Careful, careful,

Take care of me.

 

Genesis

Shrouded in darkness,

light pours through my veins.

Segments of the universe spread out before me.

Endless amounts of rain

leaks from my eyes and 

settles into the small crevices of my soul,

while parts of me dry up

absorbing the dewfall. 

From the depths of knowledge, imagination flowers,

bearing fruit that tastes of kindness and warmth.

Branches of undeserving love stretch out to brush my cheek,

combing through my hair with endless compassion.

The best parts of me

spill from my heart

scattering itself in the sky.

Dirt presses into my knees as I cry out when

the sky illuminates itself in a splendor of bashful beauty. 

Sitting on a throne of enflamed grace is a

jewel brighter than any

inkling of joy.

Sinking, it is replaced by an 

iridescent light who shows

herself in secret, like a 

whisper in the dark.

Shadows stir from a gentle breeze as these 

lovers cloaked in light fight for a place in the sky.

My ribcage cracks open as

creatures conjured from dreams of

disheveled illusion

escape my thoughts.

Swimming through my hair,

soaring towards the crystals sprinkled on the horizon.

While others gnaw on my bones,

trample on my toes until all that is left is 

gentleness.

That’s when they come.

Squeezing into my heart.

Making a home of my soul.

And together,

he and she dance in this 

Cirque des Rêves

Immersed in the goodness laid out before them,

As they embrace, I see Him.

And His smile causes my heart to explore.

For his eyes hold such a love for what He had done.

Threading goodness and purity into my hair,

He twirls me into everlasting light,

whispering under His breath,

“It is good.”

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition

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Talented poets are invited to enter the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, the oldest and largest poetry competition for students in Australia.

Students can enter their own original works or a poem
based on the theme for 2015 ‘the open door’

Winners receive $500, a trophy and a prize pack. Poems on any subject are accepted.

Any students who are interested can see Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom for an entry form or go to

http://www.dorothea.com.au/ 

What Matters? Writing Competition

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‘What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 5 – 12 students
in  NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today.

Students write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to them and why. Entries must be typed on A4 paper.

‘The Years 7/8 category winners will each receive a full-day creative writing workshop donated by The Writing Workshop, conducted by award-winning author Bernard Cohen.

The Year 9/10 category winner will be invited to spend a day at the Inspire Foundation, meeting the ReachOut.com Crew and receiving professional training. They will also be offered the opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for the ReachOut.com website.

The Year 11/12 category winner will receive a 1 Year Membership to the NSW Writers’ Centre, and the opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop donated by the NSW Writers’ Centre. The Year 11/12 category winner will also receive a book voucher to the value of $100.

If you would like to enter, collect an entry form from Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom or download it from the link below.

Entries must be returned to Miss Smith by Friday the 1st of May for you to be able to enter!

http://www.whitlam.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/810277/TWI2983_A4_Entry_Form_2015_BW_Online_LR_2.pdf#What Matters? 2015 Entry Form

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Writing Competitions in Term One

Attention all talented writers! There are a number of state and nation wide writing competitions currently open and William Carey wants you to enter! Prizes range from $200 book packs to $350 money prizes.

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‘What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 5 – 12 students in NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today. Students write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to them and why. Entries must be typed on A4 paper. ‘

The Years 7/8 category winners will each receive a full-day creative writing workshop donated by The Writing Workshop, conducted by award-winning author Bernard Cohen.

The Year 9/10 category winner will be invited to spend a day at the Inspire Foundation, meeting the ReachOut.com Crew and receiving professional training. They will also be offered the opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for the ReachOut.com website.

The Year 11/12 category winner will receive a 1 Year Membership to the NSW Writers’ Centre, and the opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop donated by the NSW Writers’ Centre. The Year 11/12 category winner will also receive a book voucher to the value of $100.

http://www.whitlam.org/the_program/what_matters_writing_competition/what_matters_2014

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writenow!’ is a  creative writing competition for students in Years 7 to 9.  Students choose from one of the three ‘Story Starters’ by authors Lisa Forrest, Will Kostakis and Fiona Wood, then continue the narrative, completing a short story. The story must be no more than four pages in length.

http://www.swf.org.au/writenow-competition/

Information about these competitions can be found on the window outside K5 or on the Advanced Learning blog. Entry forms can be collected from Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom.