We were totally overwhelmed by the number of entries to our Persuasive Writing Competition. We had almost 400 entries from 43 different schools, including schools as remote as Streaky Bay Area School and as far-flung as Aloutau International School in Papua New Guinea.
It has been a busy couple of weeks at Seven Steps HQ reading through the entries and arguing over our favourites. Well done to everyone who took part, it was a pleasure to read such high-quality writing from Year 2s right up to Year 8s. A special mention to Applecross Senior High School, Valentine Public School and Aloutau International School, your students’ work absolutely blew us away.
We found it so difficult to narrow it down to just one entry per category that we have decided to pick a primary and a secondary winner and runner-up for each. Here are the lucky winners…
Students were asked to write a speech persuading their school leaders to ban school uniforms.
• Primary winner: Julian Dawson, Year 5, Prince Alfred College, SA
• Primary runner-up: Mila Cenin, Year 2, Rosary Primary School, SA
• Secondary winner: Holly Anderson, Year 8, Applecross Senior High School, WA
• Secondary runner-up: Estella Portillo, Year 8, Applecross Senior High School, WA
Students were required to write an op-ed piece about the recent climate change strikes.
• Primary winner: Aidan Kan, Year 4, Campbell Primary School, WA
• Primary runner-up: Yi Shuen Lim, Year 4, Campbell Primary School, WA
• Secondary winner: Tyronah Sioni, Year 8, Alotau International School, Papua New Guinea
• Secondary runner-up: Helena Harris, Year 8, Applecross Senior High School, WA
Students were asked to write a review of their favourite book.
• Primary winner: Mackenzie Holt, Year 6, Valentine Public School, NSW
• Primary runner-up: Alesha Mertell, Forestville Public School, NSW
• Secondary winner: Ruby Ducat, Year 8, Applecross Senior High School, WA
• Secondary runner-up: Isabella Tjandra, Year 8, Applecross Senior High School, WA
There were lots of schools with a huge number of entries including Allambie Heights Public School, St Justin’s Primary School, Applecross Senior High School and East Adelaide Primary School; well done for such a huge effort from staff and students to coordinate that. However, the winning school with a total of 69 entries was Campbell Primary School in WA.
Just because the competition is over doesn’t mean your students can’t write on one of the above topics. To help students build towards writing a complete persuasive text, try this class activity: