A Winning Way With Words

August 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Congratulations to the three students from the Girls’ and Boys’ Schools who were chosen as finalists in this year’s annual Win With Words writing competition hosted by Remuera Library and sponsored by Westpac Bank and the Orakei Local Board.

Students in Year 7 and 8 who live in or attend a school in the Local Board area are eligible to submit a piece of original prose of less than 500 words. As well as the age group competition, students could also write to a specific theme; this year, about life on the Home Front during World War 1 or a story in a school setting. The judging panel received over 200 stories submitted from local schools.

At last night’s award ceremony, J’Adore Harris – Tavita from the Girls’ School was awarded first place in the Year 8 section and was proud to have a snippet of the her story, ‘A taste of loneliness’ read by member of the Orakei Local Board, Mrs Desley Simpson.

Boys’ School student, Cameron Adams was placed third in the Year 7 section with Vasu Nair awarded runner-up.

In preparation for the competition, the students had all attended an intense writing workshop with New Zealand author, Kate de Goldi and learnt a great deal about how to capture a reader’s attention.

This was a special evening that acknowledged excellence in creative writing providing inspiration to our students to continue to write for the sheer love of words.


Well done J’Adore, Cameron and Vasu!



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