With her piece “The day I was invisible”, Amara Adams of the Cane End Government School emerged winner of the Ministry of Education’s annual Grade 6 Writing Competition.
The finals, which took place at the Frenches House on Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, saw students within an hour of obtaining their topics, writing essays on various pieces. A total of ten students participated in the finals, they were: Amara Adams of the Cane End Government, Jevon Mc Coy of the Pamelus Burke Primary, Jediah Seymour - Dickson Methodist, Layou Government - Dejana Jeffers and Sylique Frederick - Brighton Methodist. Other finalists included: Lennesha Williams - Troumaca Government, Zohanna Ollivierre - Paget Farm Government, Roshanna Wyllie - Marriaqua Government, Fancy Government - Christi Williams and Aroma David - Richland Park Government.
Best descriptive piece went to Aroma David of the Richland Park Government, while the best persuasive piece was awarded to Jediah Seymour of the Dickson Methodist
Education Officer, Elizabeth Austin, in her remarks expressed appreciation towards Hodder Education for the invaluable contribution they have made to the advancement of education. The Education Officer noted that the conception of the Writing Competition was geared at sharpening student’s writing skills and strengthening their capacity, while using the competition as a means of motivating friendly rivalry.
Austin revealed the competition was done in two phases. The preliminary competitions were done in various locations on mainland and in the Grenadines. She further congratulated participants and urged teachers to engage students in reading a variety of texts.
This year’s competition focused on all writing genres: Narrative, Expository, Persuasive and Descriptive. Thirty-eight schools participated, 11 males and 27 females.
Local representative of the sponsor of the competition, Hodder Education, formerly Pearson Publishing Company, Byron Wilson, disclosed that this is the ninth year since they have been partnering with the Ministry of Education. Wilson encouraged all schools to participate next year, since it will be even bigger and better.
The Local Representative indicated that over the years Hodder Education has been providing resources to the children (laptops, cell phones etc.), aiding their overall development, he also announced that a copy of “Situational Writing: A model approach” will be given to the ten finalists. He added that Hodder Education is not just about selling books but investing resources towards the development of students here.
Caribbean Sales Executive, Hodder Education, Anna Russo, revealed that Hodder has been committed to the enhancement of student’s education for over 100 years and pledges the institution’s continued support in the field of education here.