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BBC 500 Words Competition Final

Now in its eighth year, the BBC 500 Words story-writing competition for children aged between 5 and 13 saw a staggering 135,000 entries.

Claire Wardman, teacher at Junior Girls, having judged some of the entries, was entered into the ballot for two tickets to the final of the BBC 500 Words competition, as were many of our Upper Junior Girls who participated in the competition. Claire was lucky enough to be chosen and chose to take Zara, Year 6 pupil, who has written a number of impressive imaginative stories this year.

Claire describes the day:

“It was an early start as we were at Hampton Court Palace by 5am! The 500 Words' panel of judges included Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Malorie Blackman and Honorary Judge, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. The story topics were so varied, with winning entries based on subjects from Poo Fairies to Gods and Deities, and from The Little Messenger to AI!

“In addition to hearing the winning stories being brought to life by celebrities such as Amanda Abbington, Jim Broadbent and David Walliams, we were treated to live music from John Newman, Bastille and Alexandra Burke.

“After the show, we navigated our way through the famous Hampton Court Maze, enjoyed the rose garden and explored the gift shop before having our picnic lunch and heading home. It was a wonderful celebration of children's writing! Zara said the experience was definitely worth the early start and she hopes to take part in next year's competition.”

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