Posted at 1:58 pm on 17th December, 2019

FGS creative writing competition “Chillyfest” was launched to support literacy across the whole-school, giving the students the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and whilst putting on their wooly bobble hats, write a short story that puts a modern spin on a traditional Christmas tale or song.

The event was launched during the first week of December 2019, forming part of our many pre-Christmas events and festivities. Three lucky winners would be receiving their very own copy of Holly Smale’s Geek Girl special – ‘All Wrapped Up!’ as an early Christmas gift.

The three lucky winners were Fatema Khashkhusha 7SL, Lucy Mollitt 8SU and Sophie James 9CT who all agreed reading and writing for pleasure are skills they really enjoy.

Fatema said, ‘I’m relatively new to the school, as a year 7 and am embracing pushing myself to take part in as many new events and activities – thank you for the experience”

Literacy is one of the ‘hot topics’ in the world of education and it is important that our students realise the value of literacy across the curriculum. By allowing them to develop their creative skills, they have been able to demonstrate their love for the written word in all its forms.

Mr Owen Learning Resource Centre Co-ordinator and Teacher commented ‘Congratulations to all three winners. The entries were of a high standard and it was lovely to see a cross section of students getting involved in extra-curricular activities.’

Next term we hope to engage more students into the world of literacy with a visit from Holly Smale. Holly is the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she could not afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award.

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