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Academic Enrichment Opportunities

From Academic Enrichment Coordinator, Ms Belinda Buchan

Enter the Waverley College Flash Fiction Competition

Exciting news… we’re running a flash fiction competition for Years 7 to 10!

Carry on reading to find out more about the rules of the competition, what entries need to include and the prizes that are up for grabs.

Rules

Entries must incorporate the photo stimulus at the top of this article and be:

  • In the flash fiction format (details below)
  • 500-800 words long
  • Submitted online via Google classroom, using code 42clet7, or in hard copy

Competition closing date: Friday 30 October – Week 3, Term 4.

The Five Elements of Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a very short story with five important elements (below).

1. Plot

Flash fiction is always a complete story.

2. Characters

You don’t have a lot of space to describe your characters, but readers should still be able to tell them apart.

3. A Hook

Grab the reader’s attention so they want to continue reading.

4. A Slam-Bang Finish!

5. A Final Check

Always read over and edit your work before you hit submit.

Prizes

First prize will receive a Gold Award. Everyone who enters will be awarded a Bronze Award 3.

Three winners from each year will receive Westfield vouchers up to the value of $20-40. Winners from each year will be published in Nurrunga.

Inspiration

Students can read this exemplary story from Year 7 student Huon Groves as inspiration:

Flash Fiction – The Wallet by Huon Groves

Further Information

For more information, please see:

Good luck, everybody!

Expressions of Interest for the Online Ethics Olympiad 

The Ethics Olympiad provides schools with an unique opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The students (‘Eth-letes’) are trained by a coach (usually a teacher at the school) to prepare for an Olympiad.

Students work as a team to respond to questions and critique their own and others’ arguments while judges award points on the basis of clear, concise, critical and collaborative thinking. Students and teachers report that they enjoy the opportunity to engage with each other in a framework that encourages careful, respectful, considered responses to important ethical issues.

Participants

Teams will be made up of five students. Each school can enter up to two teams. ‘Eth-letes’ can be from Years 7-9. Schools do not have to be registered members of the Olympiad, but there is a lower cost to member schools. Any school can participate. Schools must pre-register for the event and students must be accompanied by a supervising teacher.

Prizes and Certificates

The winning school students will each receive a gold medal. Second placed students will each receive a silver medal and third place students will win a bronze medal.  Certificates will be provided to all participants as a way of rewarding students for having represented their school.

Ten students will be selected to participate. If you would like to be involved, please get in touch with me at bbuchan@waverley.nsw.edu.au.