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Hands up for local budding authors

The reception class at Forest Hall Primary School with the writing basket.

The reception class at Forest Hall Primary School with the writing basket.

Thousands of budding authors have been showing off their creative flair in a competition.

North Tyneside Council’s writing contest attracted nearly 2,500 entries from more than 30 schools.

Entries, under the theme of ‘hands’, were judged for originality, imagination, clarity and the effect on the reader.

And more than 90 children were awarded with book tokens and certificates for their winning entries at an event held at the Langdale Centre, Wallsend.

A prize of a writing basket, including books and stationary, was given to the reception class at Forest Hall Primary School for their stories about a superhero’s power hands.

Five-year-old pupil Ava Cassidy said: “We’ve been learning about superheroes at school and that’s why we decided to do make our story about them. I liked doing it about a superhero because I enjoy drawing and writing about their magical powers.”

Jean Griffiths, head of schools and learning at the council, said: “I would like to congratulate and thank all the children and staff for taking part.

“The entries were of an extremely high standard and we had a tough job picking the winner.

“It’s extremely encouraging to see how the event has grown in popularity in just a year, with over a thousand extra entries received this year and children as young as four taking part.”

 

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