After its most successful year yet winners of writeon 2021 are announced

NSW Education Standards Authority

Chief Executive of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Paul Martin has today announced 18 Gold Award recipients in this year’s WriteOn competition for outstanding writing by primary school students.

“Congratulations to our youngest writers and creators, who crafted stories with the support of their teachers. This year 50 students across the state have taken home a bronze, silver or gold award.

“We received almost 600 entries this year from over 310 schools and home-schooling students in NSW, making it the most successful year to date.

“It was wonderful to see that during the height of the pandemic, schools, students and families were able to make the most of the competition, which proved to be an effective activity during the learning from home period,” Mr Martin said.

WriteOn gives students the opportunity to show teachers how they think and interpret the world around them. Teachers can incorporate the competition into their lesson plans as part of the English Kindergarten to Year 6 syllabus.

With an image of a young boy on a bike in the middle of an outback road as stimulus, students impressed their teachers and the judges, with their imagination and writing abilities creating a range of imaginative texts including narratives, diary entries, interviews, letters and poems.

Students wrote about their experience of the NSW drought, others about their experience of COVID-19, bushfires, friendship and family, and one about the importance of following the road on life’s journey as we grow old.

“We know skills in writing are vital to success, both in school and in life, but it is also important that we nurture the abilities of young people to create, think independently and question,” Mr Martin said.

The 18 Gold Award recipients’ entries have been published alongside the works of the 32 other students who received Silver and Bronze Awards in The Best of WriteOn 2021.

This year, students will be celebrated via the NESA website:

Gold award winners

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Alysha Bagga

Roselea Public School, Carlingford

Jia Cheng

Murray Farm Public School

Jayden Dao

Newbridge Heights Public School

Chloe He

Carlingford West Public School

Henry Grieve

Shore Preparatory School

Arfa Kokab

Al Noori Muslim School

Daniel Lumsden-Smee

St Columba Anglican School

Isaac Hou

Chatswood Public School

Chloe Lu

MLC Sydney

Ruby Ridges

Glenbrook Public School

Jihad Joud

Unity Grammar, Austral

Salwa Mousa

Australian International Academy of Education, Kellyville

Imogen Skinner

Sacred Heart Primary School, Pymble

Joyce Lee

Beecroft Public School

Rafael Siemer

Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education – Walgett Campus

Macie You

Wahroonga Preparatory School

Dean Malouf

Knox Grammar Preparatory School

Lucas Wei

Beecroft Public School

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