Mid-Vaal


Address P O Box 90556, Bertsham, 2013
Contact Person Miss Annastella Papageorgiou
Tel Number 011 680 5834
Mobile No
Email astellapapag@gmail.com

Original Writing Competition for Primary School Learners 2015

The 2015 Junior Original Writing Competition for Primary Schools was led by Miss Annastella Papageorgiou from Mondeor Primary School. She was assisted by Mrs Robin Nell, Mrs Gill Callan, Mrs Heather Tutton, Mrs Paula De Oliviera, Mrs Loots and Mrs Gaylin Bowles.

Two hundred and twenty nine individual pieces of writing were submitted by 11 schools. All entrants received a certificate: participation, merit award, runner-up or winner.

The floating trophy in memory of Mrs Beverly Liebenberg was awarded to the school with the most winning pieces (Auckland Park Preparatory School) and a trophy recording the top five schools was presented to the runner-up school (Roedean School) in honour of Dr Richard Haywood a founder of this particular competition. The winning pieces were read by: Mr Digby Ricci, Dr Richard Haywood, Mrs Robin Nell, Mrs Karin Elgar, Miss Nakita. Some of the awards were presented by Miss Carla (Miss Earth South Africa 2015). Mr Digby Ricci was the guest speaker and he made some valid and valuable points about poetry writing.


Pictured above: Miss Ella-Bella Coanstantinides with some of the Grade 5 winners

In order to promote writing throughout primary schools, winning slots were allocated as follows: four places for Grade 4, five places for grade 5, six for Grade 6 and seven for Grade 7. However, these did vary slightly according to the adjudicators. Each school was allowed to submit 30 entries at R10 per entry. If disadvantaged schools couldn’t afford to pay the fee, this monetary amount was waived. For the Jubilee year a teachers category was introduced. This was won by Ms Sharon Meirowitz from St Benedict’s Preparatory School.

On receipt of entries, a control number was allocated and another number allocated to each individual entry. The Grades 6 and 7 entries were then submitted for pre-judging to Mrs Robin Nell. Thereafter, participation pieces were reserved and the balance was forwarded on to the final judge, Mr Digby Ricci. The Grades 3 to 5 entries were adjudicated by both Dr Richard Haywood and Mrs Robin Nell.

The competition was sponsored by Futurevista, Readers’ Warehouse, The Miss Earth South Africa Programme, Chas Everett, Mondeor Primary, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Reed Printing and Generation Earth.

A booklet was published with the winners and runners-up work.

FINAL RESULTS
Top Five Schools
  1. Auckland Park Preparatory School
  2. Roedean School
  3. St Mary’s School, Waverley
  4. King David Primary School,Linksfield
  5. Saheti School

Annastella Papageorgiou
Chairperson
Mid-Vaal Branch
SACEE