Young writers encouraged

F.l.t.r.: San-Marie Stegmann (Gr 9), Peter Calcott (Gr 7), Lucy Calcott (Gr 10), Professor Lyn Wadley, Rachel Calcott (Gr 12) and Jesse Dowinton (Gr 11). Absent from the photo was Gr 12 co-winner Tayla-Kaé Nicholson
F.l.t.r.: San-Marie Stegmann (Gr 9), Peter Calcott (Gr 7), Lucy Calcott (Gr 10), Professor Lyn Wadley, Rachel Calcott (Gr 12) and Jesse Dowinton (Gr 11). Absent from the photo was Gr 12 co-winner Tayla-Kaé Nicholson

VAALWATER — An annual Novella Writing Competition has been initiated by Professor Lynn Wadley, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wits University, and her husband, Richard Wadley, the chairperson of the Waterberg Academy Board. Having a great love of literature and reading, and understanding the advantage of being able to write really well, they seek to encourage the writing skills of learners in the school.
The entrants are given numbers so that the names of the competitors are kept secret and the teachers submit a selection of the best writing of the year from grades four to twelve, for adjudication.
At Friday’s assembly on 14 October, all was revealed and the Wadley’s discovered for the first time the names of the authors who had penned the winning essays and short stories.
Before handing over the book prizes, Professor Wadley gave a motivational talk about the wonder of the written word and how a skilled writer creates fully rounded characters and allows them to ‘’speak for themselves’’ by their words and actions.
After discussing Charles Dickens and Pip’s journey in Great Expectations, she read extracts from ‘’Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’’ by the ingenious children’s writer, Dr Seuss. What fun it was to be reminded of Seuss’s brilliant and engaging writing.
Each of the six winners was presented with book prizes donated by the Wadley family.

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