20 June 2022
A unique essay-writing competition aimed at budding young writers has shone the spotlight on some of the best known heroines of recent years.
The competition, launched by Harrogate Ladies’ College to mark International Women’s Day, attracted a flurry of entries from primary school children across the Harrogate area.
The competition celebrated some of the world’s most ‘inspirational women’ including Darci Lynne Farmer, a shy young woman who became a ventriloquist, and the true story of a WW2 Civil Air Pilot, who became a Captain.
Principal of Harrogate Ladies’ College, Mrs Sylvia Brett, said the themes of strong resilience and brave determination shone through the outstanding entries.
“The standard of entries was extremely high and I was very impressed to read the quality of prose, use of language and love of words in the entries.”
The winning entrants – which included Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils across the district – were invited to a special lunch at the school. The school’s teaching staff, and former pupils, read out some of the winning entries to the assembled guests.
“It was a wonderful occasion and a joy to see hear these stories read aloud. We have some amazing talent in and around Harrogate and at such an early age,” she added.
First prize in the Year 3 category went to Samantha Lusted of Oatlands Junior School for her piece about Mary Seacole. In the Year 4 category, first prize went to , Arya Bhachu of Alwoodley Primary School for her piece on Florence Joyner. And in the Year 5 category, first place went to Sylvie Nichols of Richmond House School for her work on Malala Yousafzai.
The children received book tokens for themselves and their schools.
“This competition brought to life every day stories of women who have made an impact on younger children. It’s always a pleasure to read younger children’s work because it’s so authentic. Harrogate Ladies’ College has a 128-year long tradition of educating strong, empowered women, many of whom have gone on to achieve remarkable things in their lives, “ added Mrs Brett.