Dolphinholme CE Primary School received an exciting visitor last week when author Julia Green came to visit on Friday March 24th to present them with prizes won in Moto’s Young Writer Competition.
Julia, an author of over 15 novels for young readers, was one of the judges of the competition that tasked pupils from schools adopted by Moto service stations to write a story of 200 words or more on the theme of ‘Wild Places’.
Evelyn Worthington a pupil at Dolphinholme, the adopted school of Moto Lancaster was selected as the overall winner scooping £2,500 towards outdoor play equipment or improvements for her school, the visit from Julia Green and a £50 WH Smith voucher for herself.
Headteacher at Dolphinholme School, Dianne Cross said:
“We are delighted for Evelyn; it’s such an exciting achievement for her. We are all very proud. We were thrilled to welcome Julia to our school, the children were fascinated to meet her and learn about her writing and books. We are always looking for ways to foster an interest in creative writing so the competition is a brilliant idea. Moto are supportive towards our school in many ways and we are extremely grateful to them for their continued support. The school council have decided to use the prize to improve the school running track so that’s our next project!”
In addition to Dolphinholme’s win, four worthy runners up from schools in Cardiff, Tiverton, Stafford and Woolley Edge, all won £50 WH Smith voucher for themselves and £1,000 worth of books for their school from Oxford University Press.
Julia Green, author of The Wilderness War, commented on the tough nature of her task:
“ It was very hard to choose just one winner. I enjoyed reading the many funny, magical and adventurous stories written by children, but Evelyn’s story stood out from all the others and stayed with me. Her story was beautifully written and evoked a strong sense of the natural world through the seasons. Well done to everyone but especially to Evelyn. I’d like to thank all the parents and teachers, too, who helped support the young writers. ”
Angela Elgar, Site Manager at Moto Lancaster who have been working with Dolphinholme School for a number of years said:
“The writing competition is just one element of our ongoing partnership with local schools, with each site adopting a school to work closely with throughout the year. We thoroughly enjoy working with Dolphinholme School and is was great to come here today and see them receiving such great prizes.”