Reading festival at King’s Ely goes down a storm with students

King's Ely writing competition winners 2018

King's Ely writing competition winners 2018 - Credit: Archant

Organised to tie in with World Book Day, the festival saw King’s Ely Junior and Senior students from Years 3 to 13 enjoying a week of book-related events and activities.

This year, the festival started with a celebration evening to announce the winners of the school’s writing competition.

Students in Years 4 to 13 put pen to paper and the winners from each year group read out their winning pieces to pupils, teachers, staff and families.

Author Julian Sedgwick attended the ceremony to talk about his life as a writer and congratulate the students.

The Year 4 winner was Lily Jones, the Year 5 winner Freddie Nearney and Aoife won the Year 6 category.


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Evie Hall won the Year 7 category, Ella Pickles the Year 8 and the winners of the Year 9 category were Miya Cundy and Richard Garrard.

Florence Morgan won the Year 10 category and the winner of the Sixth Form category was Francis Raynes.

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The winners and runners-up in each category received certificates and a prize from Julian Sedgwick.

The reading festival also featured author visits, tutor group competitions, book swaps and pop-up book stalls.

Drop Everything and Read was a favourite of the children’s, which saw ‘Green Ray’, a story by Julian Sedgwick about a teenage girl and her adventures during the Second World War, commissioned for the festival by the school.

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