Friday, December 2, 2022

Essay competition to see if Thurrock students have the “write stuff”

IT’S the year 2022 and the Thurrock Campus in Grays High Street has been open for eight years…

That’s the premise behind an essay writing competition set by South Essex College that is seeing Primary and Secondary schools in and around Thurrock ponder the title, “My life in 10 years time.”

The new Thurrock Campus will have a massive impact on the futures of pupils entering the competition. Set to open in Grays town centre in September 2014 there will be more choice and opportunities than ever for young people in the Thurrock area and this competition taps into that.

Events Executive for the College, Jordanne Reed, said: “There are some great prizes up for grabs, including the winning essay being published as a book and online. We really wanted to get young people in the borough thinking about their future and the changes that will happen in Thurrock over the next few years.

Those entering the competition can adapt this title in any way to suit their story, but themes can include: how the world would have changed, how their lives would be different and what they would like to see different in the future.”

Prizes include the essay being published in a one-off book, £50/£100 worth of creative writing materials for the writers, and £200/£250 worth of books for the winners’ schools, for the two age groups respectively.All entries must be original and the student’s own work.

The competition closes on Tuesday 18th December. All entrants must be resident in, or attend school in the Thurrock area. Schools that’ve already entered include Harris Academy in Chafford Hundred, Grays Convent High School and Bulphan C of E Primary school.

Entries will be judged by a small panel of experts and the winner of each category will be announced in the Spring Term.

Visit www.southessex.ac.uk/competitions for full details and to download an application form.

The essay competition follows hot on the heels of the College’s successful art competition, where the College received over 400 individual entries. That competition saw Arthur Bugler Junior School, Hordon-on-the-Hill Primary School and Thameside Junior School win over £600 worth of prizes between them.

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