Competition success gives confidence booster to GCSE English students
13 February 2019
Over 20 students from a local college took part in a regional writing competition and their work will now be published in a book called Mission Catastrophe.
The talented scribes are all currently studying their English GCSE at the Suffolk campus of Easton and Otley College.
Their English lecturer on this course - Ana Sarginson – decided to enter some of her students into a challenge that has been organised by a company called Young Writers.
As a result of this, 26 out of 28 entries will now be included in a tome that will be released on 30 April 2019. (These submissions will then be considered for a national competition and five writers will each receive a £100.00 prize).
Miss / Mrs Sarginson, said, “Students have come from a system that doesn’t suit them at school in terms of English and their confidence is generally on the floor when they come to us.
“Therefore it is our job is to try and give our students the belief that they can be successful in a subject that they have previously struggled.
“We are trying to turn things around and this competition has been very useful. Naturally I’m very proud of their efforts.”
Emily May Smith from Frinton on Sea was one of the successful students. She said, “We had to write 100 words to write a short story based on a disaster of some kind. I wrote about a Volcano and it feels brilliant to be a published author. I’m shocked to have done so well. This has been a real confidence booster in relation to my progress.”
Next up – the students are considering writing another creative piece on the county of Suffolk to tie in with the upcoming celebrations relating to Suffolk Day that will take place on Friday 21 June 2019.