On Friday 15 May, in front of a gathering of school principals, the Catholic Schools Office presented awards to the winners of the 2015 Anzac Day creative writing competition and their families. The competition was held to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing and invited primary and secondary students from around the diocese to reflect on what it means to go ‘Off to War’. You can read all of the winning entries here.
Sienna Isaac of St Benedict’s PS, Edgeworth (Stage 2), Apryl Hamall of St Therese’s PS, New Lambton (Stage 3), Liam Fairweather of St Peter’s, ASC, Maitland (Stage 4) and Olivia Stephenson of St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton (Stage 5) received trophies presented by former editor of The Newcastle Herald, Roger Brock. Roger spoke to the crowd about the importance of teaching writing to students in the modern landscape and congratulated the winners on their use of varied techniques and the emotion they conveyed in their pieces.
Olivia Stephenson of St Catherine’s Catholic College was also recognised for winning an artistic competition, designing the poster for the upcoming DIOSOUNDS concert and demonstrating an impressive range of creative abilities.
Below are some images from the ceremony. Photos courtesy of Liam Beckett.