WriteOn! Primary student wins gold

A primary student has won a gold award in a major state-wide writing contest.

Lilian Geddes-Korb at St James Catholic Primary School Glebe won a Gold Award for Stage 3 in the WriteOn creative writing competition, run annually by The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) for all NSW students in Years 1 to 6.

Lilian, in Year 6 at St James, said her ambition was to be a writer.

“I enjoy drawing as well so I’d like to write children’s books or graphic novels, or something like that. I like stories about mysteries and detective work, as well,” said Lilian.

Students wrote a variety of different pieces after being given a photograph as a stimulus and were asked to write “an imaginative piece of writing”.

Lilian’s winning work was a letter from a younger sister to an older sister and was the only piece chosen to be read at the award presentation held in the State Library of NSW.

“It’s a big achievement,” said St James Principal, Enrica Bova.

“Lilian’s work will also be published by BOSTES, and they only publish the outstanding work in the competition,” said Ms Bova.


Lilian Geddes-Korb

Lilian’s letter was based on the competition’s stimulus photo: “Dirigible over Tamarama from 1908” (an airship over Tamarama Beach, Sydney).

“I was looking at it and thinking of many ideas for a narrative, but then I was thinking it would be better if I wrote a letter,” she said.

“I looked up the image and it was from a fun-park at Tamarama,”

Our Catholic Archdiocesan schools performed particularly well this year with three students winning gold and three winning bronze in all stages.

Other Gold winners were Alexander Patterson from St Joan of Arc Catholic Primary School Haberfield in Stage 1 and Stage 2 winner was Katie Smith from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Mosman.

In addition, Bronze Awards were given to Anthony Knowles from Our Lady of Fatima, Caringbah in Stage 1, Lakshmi Fernandez from St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Stanmore in Stage 2 and Anderson Porter from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School North Sydney for Stage 3.

A total of 54 students have won awards from around the state.

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