I’ve been reading the Rotary Club competition entries since last Friday and have finally made a shortlist. However, just to make sure I’ve given everyone a really good chance, I re-read every single entry yesterday.
Every one of them is a winner, be it because of great punctuation, inspiring ideas, story twists or just plain good spelling!
I can’t tell you how hard it is to pick three winners from both categories. There are children who have written about their sporting heroes and how they’ve been inspired by them; there are personal stories about how a child has overcome a fear, taking inspiration from those around them; there are children who have written stories from the point of view of a famous sportsman or woman. The poems are about the colour, the excitement, and the smell of an Olympic win.
Like I said, each one is a winner.
Now it’s come down to the final few, I’m taking a break so I can go back to the entries with a fresh mind in a day or two.
So, do I judge these now on perfect punctuation or a terrific storyline? Do I favour those stories with a twist?
I’m waiting to hear how Lisa and Helen got on with their judging, if they picked out the same kind of entries, if we’re all thinking along the same lines. Then I’ll take it from there.
Like I said, it’s going to be tough, but incredibly exciting for the six children whose entries are selected for the bronze, silver and gold.
Thanks again to the organisers for supporting this competition and well done to all the schools who took the time to encourage their children to take part.
Watch this space for more news soon