This year the d’Overbroeck’s creative writing competition took ‘Journeys’ as its theme. We were very pleased to have received over 75 entries once again, from Year 7 right up to Year 13. Stories and poems were submitted on a wide range of subjects and from a variety of perspectives, from moving house as seen from the comic perspective of a family pet to Barack Obama’s journey to the Whitehouse. d’Overbroeck’s Principal, Emma-Kate, and external judges from BBC Radio Oxford, OX County magazine, The Oxford Times and The Story Museum were joined by Rachel Thanassoulis (Head of English years 7-11) and Angela Kecojevic (Sixth Form Librarian and children’s author) in the unenviable task of whittling down the entries.
First prize was awarded to Joseph in Year 10 for ‘Starman’, a very well-formed and sinister story set on a space station.
Second prize went to Leonie in Year 8 for an ambitious and imaginative short story about the relationship between a young boy and his grandfather.
Joseph and Leonie are pictured above with Sophie Grubb from the Oxford Times who was one of the judges.
The Third prize was won by Giuliano in Year 10 for a piece inspired by his grandmother’s immigration from Italy to Canada many years ago.
Nine other pieces, by the following students, were highly commended: Malek and Matilda (Year 7), Tabby (Year 9), Rebecca and Helena (Year 10), Anna and Vasco (Year 11), Skye, Mia and Gus (Year 12) and Maya (Year 13).
On Thursday of last week, we held a tea party for the winners at which they got to meet some of the judges and the First, Second and Third prize entries were read out. All these students will also be offered the opportunity to develop their submitted pieces with Rachel and Angela in the new year at an editorial workshop. The edited and polished pieces will be published later on in the year in an anthology: so watch this space! Congratulations to all who won, thank you to all who entered, and keep writing…