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Success for Students in ISA Essay Competition 2019


Congratulations to two of our amazing students, Emily and Hattie, who have been awarded second place and a Highly Commended prize, respectively, for their Independent Schools Association (ISA) Essay Competition 2019 entries.

Emily in Year 6 has been awarded Second Place for her entry in the Horsey Junior Essay Prize.  Her essay is entitled Summer and is an imaginative account of being homeless. The judge commented that ‘Emily crafted a beautifully structured piece. Her opening sets the scene perfectly: “Frosty tendrils nipped my feet. Shivering, I curled up smaller.” '

Hattie in Year 9 has been awarded Highly Commended for her entry in the Favonius Senior Essay Prize (for Years 9 to 11).  The judge remarked that ‘her piece, Playing with Fire, described the experience of fighting to survive in water highly effectively.’

Mrs Trythall, Head of English, proudly said ‘Well done and many congratulations to Hattie and Emily for this fabulous achievement!’

Writers for the 2019 ISA Horsey Junior Essay Prize responded to one of the following titles:

  1. Imaginative - Write an imaginative account of being homeless.
  2. Poetry - 2019 was a special year in commemorating our dead. It marks a hundred years since the end of world war one. Write a short poem in either rhyme or free verse, no longer than 14 lines
  3. Science fiction - Write a story with the title “the portal.”
  4. Description - Choose an autumn scene and recreate using vivid descriptive techniques.
  5. Persuasion - Write a letter to your year group at school, persuading them to support a charity of your choice.
  6. Autobiography - Describe how a pet has enriched your life.

Submissions to the 2019 ISA Favonius Senior Essay Prize were originals pieces of writing from one of the following titles:

  1. Bad Habits
  2. Today Never Happened
  3. The Boy Who Ran
  4. Playing With Fire
  5. Dangerous Undercurrents
  6. The Empty Sky
  7. Yesterday
  8. The Last Time I Saw You

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