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Mount Girls Win Story Competition

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Three pupils of The Mount School York won awards in a public creative writing competition run by the York local action group of the National Citizenship Service.

The competition invited entrants from learners across the region in Years 5-8 to compose an original winter or Christmas story of 1000 words or less. Winners were invited to record themselves reading their story, and the recordings were shared with local care homes for residents to listen to and enjoy during this year’s socially distanced festive season.

Milly (Year 7) won her age category with her festive story of two penguins while her classmate, Chloe, was named runner-up for her heart-warming tale involving about Father Christmas’ aged and lesser-known sister, Marjorie. English teacher, Claire Nuttall, said, “The girls’ stories were enchanting and will no doubt have given the residents much cheer during the winter and Christmas period.”

Milly and Chloe both attended The Mount Junior School. Peggy, who is currently in Year 6 at The Mount Junior School, also won her age category and recorded her story, “A Pricky Christmas” about a family of hedgehogs’ rescuing their Christmas day.

The girls’ achievements in the competition upholds a tradition of creative writing excellence at The Mount. Mount girls often feature among winners of local writing competitions for their thoughtful, vivid and entertaining original pieces.

Rachel Capper, Head of The Mount Junior School, said, “We are all incredibly proud of Peggy’s achievement in the competition, well as Milly and Chloe who are now in Senior School . At The Mount Junior School, we encourage the girls’ creativity; it helps our pupils learn to communicate their thoughts and ideas, and to develop their imagination and self-expression.”

Milly, Chloe and Peggy follow in the footsteps of 2020 Leaver, Hannah Walton-Hughes, who during her years at The Mount won multiple regional creative writing competitions was named as one of only six writers to earn a coveted place with the 2021 Northern Short Story Festival Academy, a development programme promoting writing excellence for short story writers in Yorkshire.

Principal Adrienne Richmond said, “The Mount empowers girls to challenge themselves and to have the confidence to achieve.”

Written by: YO1 Radio Web Team

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