Acton primary school children win prestigious writing awards

Image: Left to right – Ark Byron pupils and winners of the Daunt Books Short Story Competition Clara Ong, Joey Everett and Zoe Bruce 

Ark Byron Primary school children win prestigious writing awards

Three pupils from Ark Byron Primary Academy in Action have won a prestigious writing award in the Daunt Books Short Story Competition.

The winners are five-year-old Joey Everett, six-year-old Zoe Bruce, and eight-year-old Clara Ong.

The competition is open to children aged between four and 15 years old, and each year it receives hundreds of entries from around the world. Fifteen stories are chosen to appear in a professionally published anthology sold in Daunt Books shops across London.

The winners have been invited to an award ceremony to celebrate the anthology’s publication on Wednesday 15 May. The book will include a foreword written by critically acclaimed author Sabine Adeyinka and illustrated by one of the UK’s foremost illustrators, David Roberts.

The school’s librarian, Jennifer Ong, played a pivotal role in encouraging children from the school to enter the competition for the first time last year, a decision that has led to remarkable success. She said:

“We were shocked to discover we had two winners last year. It’s incredible to have three winners this year. Our children are very enthusiastic readers, which plays a huge role in developing their imaginations and vocabulary.”

Joey Everett, one of the children who won the prestigious award last year, also won this year. Daunt Books commented:

“We will not be surprised if, in years to come, we see the winners’ names on the shelves of our fiction section. Very clearly, wonderful teaching, dedication, and support for young authors have produced a string of winning entries.”

Last year, Ms Ong also entered the children into the Chiswick Book Festival’s Young Person’s Poetry Competition. Seven children from the school won prizes for their poems, the highest number of winning entries from any school.

Deputy Head Rachel Mardenborough said:

“We are so proud of the creativity and thought behind the winning pieces, but we are most pleased that the pupils have chosen to do this in their own time. Learning the skill of writing happens within the school, but the creativity is always within; we provide the pupils with the right opportunities and medium to express it.”