Olympic dreams spark writing success

James Downer (left) and Matthew Birkett with the David Haworth Memorial Trophy.
James Downer (left) and Matthew Birkett with the David Haworth Memorial Trophy.
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PUTTING pen to paper and letting their imaginations run wild saw children from St Nicholas Primary School soar to essay writing success.

Two Year 6 pupils, James Downer and Matthew Birkett were awarded Gold and Bronze prizes in Rotary’s Blackpool schools essay writing competition.

Children were tasked with writing an essay about their Olympic Dreams and the efforts of the two boys certainly impressed judges at Blackpool and Palatine Rotary club.

A descriptive piece about being a swimming champion and dreams of Equestrian glory saw James scoop first prize and Matthew pick up third.

The Marton site was also given the overall school award much to the delight of headteacher Andrew Mellor.

He said: “Writing is such an essential skill and this competition gave them the opportunity to put everything they have learned into practise.

“Giving them the opportunity to write for a specific purpose meant they were really engaged so it was a useful exercise. The Olympics theme was great because there is so much doom and gloom around opportunities for young people, this gave them the chance to be really aspirational.”

The Year Six pupils began their essays in class but were later tasked with working independently to get them finished.

Ruth Gildert said: “I am really proud of both of the boys for their efforts.

“We have been doing work across the curriculum using the Olympics as a theme so this fits in really nicely.

“We have also been looking at the theme of competitiveness and having discussions about it in class.”

Children from St Bernadette’s In Bispham and Baines Endowed in Marton also won prizes. St Nicholas was awarded with a shield dedicated to former Rotarian David Haworth.

Terry Dalton, Rotary president said: “We were very impressed with the standard of entries, in this age of advancing technology, it’s nice to see children retaining traditional skills.”