It was an honour and a privilege to help and support Desiree in her Dignity Day writing competition for 10/11 year olds at our local schools. I was to be a judge, never done anything like this before but found it really interesting and rewarding.

This is to become a yearly event for Folkestone so I really hope more schools will get involved next year and they will have time to put it into their own planning for 2020.

The stories that came in where good with all three judges picking the main ones as the winners. There was a first, second and third prize then also a school prize. They each had trophy shields to keep with their names engraved on them.

When asked to read their stories out two of them were so shy so the sister did it for them. They had guidelines about what to include with their own ideas and views on what Dignity Day meant to them.

The one thing I was really shocked about was the bullying some children wrote about as I really thought the schools had clamped down on that and removed the troublesome children. I find it a real shame when the children who enjoy school and want to learn have lots of disruptions to their school day by other children.

Here we have the winners.

It was a lovely afternoon with tea and cake. During the week the children will go to Academy FM to read their stories out to all the listeners, I bet they will be looking forward to that.

Here are the three judges with the three winning children.

Also the lovely thought by Desiree of a thank you card and a box of chocolates, thank you it was a pleasure.

If a child can do it then so can we, happy writing guys



1 Comment

  1. 15th March 2019 / 1:38 pm

    As one of the other judges, I would echo all of Karen’s observations. Nice post and valuable experience.

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