Finally, the winners of the Festival Writing Competition for 7-12 year olds. Eight entries will each receive a book donated by, and mostly signed by the authors and illustrators who were at the Ipswich Festival. They will arrive in the mail to your school after the holidays.
The remaining entries have all won Highly Commended Prizes, a small, signed picture of Tatty Rat. The images will come by email to your school and can be downloaded and printed off by your teacher after the holidays.
The entries were all good, some very clearly caring about the planet, animals and water pollution. Banning smoking was popular, and some wanted to change the earth so there was no starvation and to see all children get an education.
One wanting to help teenagers not accepting celebrities as role models, one would like to have wealthy people donate a percentage of their money to St Vinnies.
There were entries to make people play more sport and one entry would like every Wednesday declared an international sports day. One 11 year-old would like to freeze the price of essentials so families wouldn't go broke.
Another entry would like all children to have a go-kart with a special road and a licence to drive on it so parents wouldn't have to drive them to school - it would make life easier and more fun! (Ed. Sounds good to me! Can adults-who-are-kids-at-heart do it too?)
A 9-year-old would like to stop wars, believing we should co-operate with each other and live in harmony.
Not one of the entries talked about personal gain - isn't that what they say, out of the mouth of babes comes great wisdom?Here are our winners and their book prizes:
Daniel Vogler age 12 (Ipswich Central State School) - The Emerald Casket
Miranda Roxbury age 7 (Bulimba State School) Pippa the Perfect FLowergirl
Tyler Bland age 10 (Burpengary State School) What Body Part is That?
Christie Imms age 11 (Burpengary SS) I Am Jack
Sarah Lurie age 11 (Burpengary SS) Grimsdon
Taylah Singerl age 10 (Burpengary SS) Secrets of Eromanga
Erin Burge age 9 (Blair State School) Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery
Lydia Grayson age 9 (Blair SS) Riley and the Grumpy Wombat
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE YOUNG WRITERS AND MANY THANKS TO THEIR TEACHERS AND PARENTS WHO ENCOURAGED THEM.