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Mayor's Award for Writing 2018 - winners announced!

The winners of the eighth annual Mayor’s Award for Writing were announced on Thursday 26 April at Eversley Primary School

This year the Awards were hosted by Barnet and Southgate College in collaboration with Enfield Council and the Deputy Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Doris Jiagge presented the winners with their awards and certificates.

This year the theme for the awards was ‘movement’ and it was fascinating to see how the young authors from key stages two and three interpreted the subject. There were a myriad of accounts from years 5 to 8, which looked at everything from: growing up, friendships, life-changing accidents to emigrating and environmental issues. The second award in illustrated writing invited pupils from years 3 and 4 to enter a hand written account with illustrations, which could either be factual or a short story.

Winners of the writing awards at Eversley Primary School

Barnet and Southgate Principal David Byrne said: “The Writing Awards continue to go from strength to strength, highlighting the breadth of talent in creative writing across a number of primary and secondary schools in the borough. Congratulations to all those nominated.”

Gwyneth Hamand, Learning Consultant for Enrichment and Progression from Enfield Council said: “We have been delighted with the success of the writing awards this year. The imagination, effort and passion shown in all of the stories is an inspiration to us all. Thank you to all of the Enfield primary and secondary schools that took part and a huge congratulations to all of our young authors.”

For a full set of photos from the event, please visit our Flickr page

The judges for both awards included staff from Middlesex University, Barnet and Southgate College, Bowes Primary School and Enfield Council. The Mayor of Enfield, Christine Hamilton chose the final winner for the Illustrated Writing category. In total 117 entries were received from 16 Enfield schools and the top six prizes went to:

1st PLACE - YEAR 8 went to Frankie Ratcliffe for ‘When I Grow Up’ from The Latymer School

JUDGES COMMENT: It is quite an achievement to describe and narrate the break-up of a friendship over a span of years in just one page - yet this is exactly what the writer has managed. There is a lovely sadness to this piece; a reflection of losing and of loss. Highly impressive.

1st PLACE - YEAR 7 went to Gurkiran Duggal for My Name is Echo from Southgate School

JUDGES COMMENT: An intriguing and mysterious theme with lovely moments of lyrical writing, which kept its sense of mystery to the end.

1st PLACE - YEAR 6 went to Hannah Forrest for Movement from St Michael's Primary School

JUDGES COMMENT: I was hooked from the first sentence. This is a mature and sophisticated text, written in beautiful language. The author maintains a superb control of the plot (and the reader) throughout.

1st PLACE - YEAR 5 went to Lucien Esenbel for FIRE! From Worcester Primary School

JUDGES COMMENT: Taking fire as the central character of the story is imaginative and dynamic, and sustained throughout within an excellently tight structure. This is what makes the best short stories work.

1st PLACE - YEAR 4 went to Tobias Ramen Christensen for a Formal Letter to the Editor of the Yorkshire Post from Highfield Primary School

1st PLACE - YEAR 3 went to Aliza Tahir for The Cow Who Got the Mooves from Walker Primary School

ALL THE FINALISTS FOR THE MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR WRITING 2018:

YEAR 8 FINALISTS

1st PLACE - YEAR 8

Frankie Ratcliffe, When I Grow Up, The Latymer School

JUDGES COMMENT It is quite an achievement to describe and narrate the break-up of a friendship over a span of years in just one page - yet this is exactly what the writer has managed. There is a lovely sadness to this piece; a reflection of losing and of loss. Highly impressive.

2nd PLACE - YEAR 8

James Preller, Movement, The Latymer School

JUDGES COMMENT This is an engaging and wickedly fun little crime caper, which runs as a fast pace and holds the attention throughout.

3rd PLACE - YEAR 8

Christopher Ssemakula, Paralysed Dreams, St Ignatius College

JUDGES COMMENT A lively and heartfelt tale of triumph against the odds, written with emotion and care. Although quite a straightforward story, the characters are engaging and likeable, helping to create an uplifting story.

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YEAR 7 FINALISTS

1st PLACE - YEAR 7

Gurkiran Duggal, My Name is Echo, Southgate School

JUDGES COMMENT An intriguing and mysterious theme with lovely moments of lyrical writing, which kept its sense of mystery to the end.

2nd PLACE - YEAR 7

Matthew Harmsworth, One Opportunity, The Latymer School

JUDGES COMMENT This story keeps the reader guessing on what creature the central characters are, with an excellently funny twist at the end.

3rd PLACE - YEAR 7

Moyinoluwa Saka, Butterfly Kiss: A Different Kind of Environmental Movement, Edmonton County Secondary School

JUDGES COMMENT A bold, brave take on Mother Nature’s revenge. The author is a free spirit, writing in a really original way.

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YEAR 6 FINALISTS

1st PLACE - YEAR 6

Hannah Forrest, Movement, St Michael's Primary School

JUDGES COMMENT I was hooked from the first sentence. This is a mature and sophisticated text, written in beautiful language. The author maintains a superb control of the plot (and the reader) throughout.

2nd PLACE - YEAR 6

Isaac Kedward, Moving On, St Andrew's Primary School Enfield

JUDGES COMMENT A very thoughtfully structured story with a clear plot and very likeable character. The reader feels for Anish in a way that is difficult for writers of short stories to achieve.

3rd PLACE - YEAR 6

Isabella Browne, Paper Aeroplanes, Wilbury Primary School

JUDGES COMMENT An imaginative and thoughtful text. The author has carefully considered the perspective of the paper aeroplane - I loved little details like the blackbird catching a work in its mouth to feed its chicks.

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YEAR 5 FINALISTS

1st PLACE - YEAR 5

Lucien Esenbel, FIRE!, Worcester Primary School

JUDGES COMMENT Taking fire as the central character of the story is imaginative and dynamic, and sustained throughout within an excellently tight structure. This is what makes the best short stories work.

2nd PLACE - YEAR 5

Rehan Sansuka, My Metallic Life, Bowes Primary New Southgate

JUDGES COMMENT This is an imaginative, quirky idea with powerful description. It really keeps the reader guessing all the way to the dramatic ending.

3rd PLACE - YEAR 5

Ella Mohan, Leap of Faith, Merryhills Primary School

JUDGES COMMENT It’s not easy writing about something outside of your own experience, but this story shows imagination and empathy.

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OVERALL WINNER FOR SECONDARY

Frankie Ratcliffe, When I Grow Up, The Latymer School

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OVERALL WINNER FOR PRIMARY

Lucien Esenbel, FIRE!, Worcester Primary School

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FINALISTS MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR ILLUSTRATED WRITING

YEAR 4 FINALISTS

1st PLACE - YEAR 4

Tobias Ramen Christensen, Formal Letter to the Editor of the Yorkshire Post, Highfield Primary School

2nd PLACE - YEAR 4

Zane Shah, Run Yusuf Run, Walker Primary School

3rd PLACE - YEAR 4

Vaia Tsepouras, The Story of Darknubis, Forty Hill CE Primary School

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YEAR 3 FINALISTS

1st PLACE - YEAR 3

Aiza Tahir, The Cow Who Got the Mooves, Walker Primary School

2nd PLACE - YEAR 3

Emily Diener, The Greatest Adventure Possible, Eversley Primary School

3rd PLACE - YEAR 3

Nathan Ramsay Duberry, Jackson and the Magic Tree, De Bohun Primary School

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