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March 26, 2013 at 3:34 am
I recomend to enter this. Its fun.
June 18, 2013 at 2:26 am
How do you enter the competition?
June 18, 2013 at 2:46 am
Tara can tell you, Cat!
June 18, 2013 at 2:50 am
You might be interested in this competition, too:
Could you please tell all the Bell team about this opportunity, Cat!
June 21, 2013 at 12:47 am
Hi Wendy, Annabelle and I read it and we both have agreed that it is a fantastic idea and we would like to enter it. We have also read the terms and conditions and it says that every student in the class must enter, (our class is The Bell team maybe…) Each individual must enter but Annabelle and I are going to help each other and write two separate stories and tell the Bell team to also do there own. If Annabelle and I win under either of our names we have agreed to share the prizes together and for each class that enters(Bell team) will receive a pilot pen pack to extend our writing skills. We(Annabelle and Cat) will also do some separate writing hours together outside of school, waiting for your approval…
Thanks Annabelle and Catriona
June 21, 2013 at 2:51 am
Approved!! I am away at a writing retreat at the moment until July 1st, but that hasn’t stopped me from checking my emails and seeing all the work coming in from the Bell team! Very pleased and happy, and promise to go through everything once I reach my writing goal at the retreat.
I shall also check the date for entry and write to the organisers to see if it is okay for the Bell (which is a writing extension class) to enter. I really don’t think there will be any problem with this!
Speak more soon!
June 24, 2013 at 5:10 am
Calling All Year 5 and 6 Story Tellers…
If you are in years 5 and 6 primary and have a great story to tell, you can win your share of up to $11,750 in the national Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship which opens on 3 June 2013. All you need to do is put pen to paper and handwrite a story of between 250-350 words that begins with the sentence, “The last thing I expected to see was…”
CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER-http://pilotpenaustralia.com.au/latest-news/latest-news-two
Launched in support of the Government’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week, the Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship aims to encourage the use of imagination and to foster a love of handwriting in children. “The Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship is a great way to encourage children to get away from the laptop or computer, pick up a pen, use their imagination and get writing,” said Helena Lasan, Pilot Pen Australia.
This year’s judges are celebrity author Andy Griffith and child development expert, Sonja Walker, director of Kids First Children’s Services. Having written over 20 children’s books, including the much-loved ‘Just!’ series, Andy Griffiths is passionate about inspiring a love of books amongst children. Andy devised this year’s story starter as a way to prompt children’s’ imaginations to get writing. Andy’s latest book, “Once Upon a Slime”, is all about encouraging children to write their own stories in a fun and exciting way.
“Programs such as the Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship are instrumental in fostering a love of creative writing, handwriting and the use of imagination amongst children – valuable skills that children take with them throughout their lives. Last year’s entries were of a very high standard and I very much look forward to reading this year’s stories,” said Andy.
Since first launching in 2010, the Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship has increased in popularity. “Last year we received more than 2000 entries from children from all over Australia. It is wonderful to see children’s imaginations expressed on paper in such exciting and vivid stories and I very much look forward to reading this year’s entries,” said Ms Sonja Walker. Ms Walker says that children gain significant benefits from being encouraged to participate in creative writing which enables them to develop problem solving skills, the ability to think independently, empathy, curiosity and intuition.
“Holding a pen, touching paper and gazing out of the window for inspiration is very different than typing on a computer with its black and white world of spell-check and auto-correct, that many of our young children experience today. Sometimes, children need to learn to rely on their own intuition and this helps to develop confidence and freedom of expression,” says Ms Walker.
Research also shows that handwriting skills in children are particularly cultivated around the ages of eight or ten years and this is where parents can help by spending time with children whilst practising their handwriting skills.
“In spite of the wonders of modern technology, writing by hand fosters the use of careful concentration, patience and attention to detail. Handwriting also has a tactile element to it which can also facilitate the creative process.” said Ms Walker.
Entries open on 3 June and close on 31 July 2013.
First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each State group (NSW/ACT, QLD/NT, WA, SA, and VIC/TAS) as follows:
First Prize: $1,000, $150 Pilot pen pack, signed Andy Griffiths book pack worth $100
Second Prize: $500, $100 Pilot pen pack, signed Andy Griffiths book pack worth $100
Third Prize: $250, $50 Pilot pen pack, signed Andy Griffiths book pack worth $100
School Prize: A Pilot pen pack for every class that enters.
National Literacy and Numeracy Week runs from 29 July – 4 August 2013.
annabelle and cat
June 25, 2013 at 1:40 am
Please contact Cat or Annabelle for further information on this competition. All Bell members can certainly enter with a writing piece! It will be lots of fun, and with Andy Griffiths judging it, it will be!
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