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Life, Death... and a Battery? It must be FAN 500 Words time!

The winners of the third annual FAN 500 Words Competition have been announced and congratulations go to all entrants as well as the top ten finalists and the fantastic winners:

1st place (winning an Amazon Fire Kindle Tablet):

Jenna Morgan-Wickson (Yr7) for her story In the Eyes of Wilf

2nd place (winning £20 Amazon vouchers):

Bethany Suckling (Yr8) for her story The Man

3rd place (winning £10 Amazon vouchers):

Jack Featherstone (Yr8) for his story The Tale of the Glue and the Battery

Run by FAN’s English Department - to mirror the BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition, spearheaded by DJ and TV Personality Chris Evans - this year’s competition was even more popular than ever.

With well over a hundred entries by the February deadline, the English Ambassadors (ably supported by Ms. Haslam) had their work cut out to read all the stories and whittle them down to a terrific Top Ten ready for tutor group voting to begin in the last two weeks of the Summer half term 1. Several hours of reading later, they succeeded and also managed to choose a story that was also shortlisted in the top 50 stories for the 11-14 age category of the national BBC competition - and went on to be voted the winner by the student body! Well done to Jenna for double success with her story!

Once selected, the top ten stories were then recorded by Mr. Parr-Burman, Mrs. Waring and various members of the English team, before being played to all the tutor groups during Registration time over 7 school mornings - the writers remaining anonymous throughout. Each tutor then took votes from their students to establish their form’s top three winning stories to go forward in the whole school voting process.

On the day of the announcement, the foyer was buzzing as students waited to find out who had written the stories and, more importantly, who had won the prizes with cheers and whoops as each name appeared.

The other finalists in the Top Ten were:

  • Izzie Thompson (Yr9) for Death Sentence of a Crow
  • Kaisha Townsend (Yr8) for The Incident
  • Alanah Harris (Yr9) for Control
  • Scarlett Curl (Yr8) for Love, Death, Life!
  • Matilda White (Yr7) for Madness
  • Tom Flint (Yr8) for Misfits
  • Connor Cooper-Rollins (Yr9) for Detective Richard Lefton

You can listen to all 10 of the stories here.

A fantastic year for writing!

If you’re in years 6-8, get your thinking caps on and your dictionaries out: it’s only 6 months till we launch 2018’s competition…

Mrs. A. Gibbins