Detective tale wins word war

2017-03-21 06:02
Mavis Maseko, a trainer of the Read Educational Trust at St John’s RC Primary School, and learner Jessie McAvoy, who won a writing competition.

Mavis Maseko, a trainer of the Read Educational Trust at St John’s RC Primary School, and learner Jessie McAvoy, who won a writing competition.

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St John’s RC Primary School learner Jessie McAvoy (10) was announced as the winner of the Word Warrior competition by Read Educational Trust.

Jessie walked away with a R1000 voucher and her school in Kensington won R5000 worth of books.

Read Educational Trust is a South African NGO that focuses on teacher training and the provision of school resources. Read works alongside the education department to implement teacher training and literacy projects in schools. The competition was launched as part of the NGO’s annual readathon campaign.

“The aim is to encourage reading and writing among youth. Aimed at learners from the ages of nine to 16, the competition required entrants to write about absolutely anything that tickled their fancy. A wonderful cross-section of genres was among the entries: fiction, action, horror, fantasy,” says Lizelle Langford, spokesperson of the trust. “Several entrants were wordsmiths of note, and entries were of a particularly high standard. Jessie caught the judging panel’s collective eye with her story entitled ‘A detective’s life’. The level of creativity employed showed tremendous talent. Every line made you want to go on to read the next, and a fine thread of sharp wit was woven in this quirky detective’s mission,” she says.

Read trainer Mavis Maseko was delighted that a learner of the school where she is involved, won.

V To read Jessie’s story visit www.read.org.za/word-warrior-winner-2016.

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