Saddleworth Primary School students excel

Competition winners and adjudicators l/r Mikayla Hadley, Emmerson Schoenberg, Portia Stanton-Noble, Madeleine Naughton, Jackie Pearsell, Zac Hadley, Stephnie Morris.
Competition winners and adjudicators l/r Mikayla Hadley, Emmerson Schoenberg, Portia Stanton-Noble, Madeleine Naughton, Jackie Pearsell, Zac Hadley, Stephnie Morris.

Recent success of “Speaking Volumes” for local authors transpired an incentive from the Saddleworth Community Hub to sponsor a creative writing competition for students at the Saddleworth Primary school.

The competition inspired all students at the school taking part to write and illustrate a children's picture book on a topic of their choice.

Art and English teacher Belinda Nicholls said the children were enthusiastic with the task and put together some creative and impressive stories. 

“Maybe we could have some budding young authors from the school in the future,” Mrs Nicholls said. 

Adjudicators Jackie Pearsell, Portia Stanton-Noble and Stephnie Morris said they selected each story on its own merit and enjoyed reading the children's stories which showed great imagination and wonderful ideas.

With such a good response all students were excited to receive a certificates of appreciation.

Competition was won by year five student Madeleine Jade Naughton, for her story ‘My Friend in the Closet'.

Madeleine, whose favorite past time is reading said it was a challenge at the beginning.

“It was a bit of a challenge at first but once I got started I really enjoyed it and had fun writing my story about a little girl called Alice losing her best friend Denny the teddy bear,” Madeleine said. 

Second prize winners were year 6 student Emmerson Schoenberg (author) and Mikayla Hadley, year 7 (illustrator) for their collaboration work of ‘The Lemonade Stand’

Third prize winner Zac Hadley (year 3) for his book ‘Do not go near this book’.

The winning books will be on display at the Saddleworth Community Hub shop until Christmas.