Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

So Twitter has expanded from 140 to 280 characters. Apparently the statistic on using abbreviations is now less and the use of ‘please’ and ’thankyou’ is up. But it’s still the platform for brief commentary on life, the universe and everything.

The College has its own platform for brevity and writing, and that’s the Thrifty Fifty competition. Fifty words was five words ago, so what I write now would not count in this wonderful and challenging literary space. For our Stage 1, 2 and 3 students earlier this term it did count, and the result was very satisfying. Previously a Senior School competition, Head of English Dr Molkentin encouraged our younger writers to have a go. The topic was 2020; Stories of Extraordinary Times’ and the entries were rich and varied. This year has been challenging for children as well as adults, and many of the entries were about aspects of life that have not been experienced before for many in our community.

We presented our People’s Choice and overall winners in assembly last Thursday. There were very proud students and equally proud parents when they heard the news. I think there are some budding authors in our College who have found that the pen is mightier than the sword. For your enjoyment, here are the three winners.

In the summer I watched as the sky was swallowed by smoke, homes burned to the ground, oceans filling with ash. In the Autumn I watched as the virus took lives and toilet paper industries surged to success. Now I watch as protests fill the streets. What will be next?  

Kiah Vallentine 5/6H

Woeful Times

Buttoned up streets. The only sound was the flapping of birds. Shops closed, devastated lives everywhere. There was a silent assassin on the loose. Danger around every corner. Countries raging at each other. Death creeps in. Many families are broken. When Oh when will it end.

Miles Coulthart 3/4M

I was in my burrow. I saw flames burning on the trees. I was so scared. I had to move quickly. The fire was coming right for me. I got out of the burrow just in time. I dug a new hole. I was deep and safe from the flames. I fell asleep feeling safe and warm.

Sienna Georgakopolous 1/2S
Mr Andrew McPhail