This year we have been celebrating the launch of d’Overbroeck’s first Creative Writing magazine.
During the Autumn term, students from years 7 to 13 responded to a competition brief on the theme of ‘Journeys’. There were a high number of entries with some very impressive writing and imaginative interpretation of the theme. Representatives from BBC Radio Oxford, Oxford Times, The Story Museum, and Oxcounty Magazine judged a long list from which the winners were picked. The awarded students and their families enjoyed afternoon tea last week with Jonathan Cuff (Acting Principal), Mark Olejnik (Head of Years 7-11), and Rachel Thanassoulis (Head of English Years 7-11) as copies of the newly published magazine were circulated and pored over.
Joseph (Year 10 – pictured right with Sophie Grubb from the Oxford Times) won 1st place with ‘Starman’, an imaginative sci-fi short story. Here’s a clip from Joseph’s piece:
I look down at Earth. I thought I would feel something, maybe awe, maybe sadness, but not nothing. I thought I would feel something. I search in vain for a feeling, but I only feel empty. I just feel a vague sense of disgust, knowing this thin sheet of glass is the only thing between me and the petty politics, the gossip magazines, and violence, and war, and disease, and famine. It’s better up here, I say to myself. It’s so much better up here.
Jake Sutton, the only person I like on this floating purgatory floats past me, singing like normal. I say an awkward hello. I don’t think he heard me. He keeps singing. “There’s a Starman, flying through the sky. He’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds.”
‘The competition brought out the very best in creative storytelling,’ said our school Librarian, Angela Kecojevic. ‘From a diary of Obama’s rise to the White House, to a horror story Stephen King would be proud of. All of the entries were diverse and captivating!’