Wednesday 20 December - Christmas Jumper Day

On Wednesday 20 December, students will be allowed to wear a Christmas jumper with their school uniform for a donation of £1 which will go towards their house charity. Please note full school uniform must be worn with jumpers under blazers.

Students gain national writing success

Three Ark William Parker students have gained national recognition in a Young Writers competition entitled ‘Welcome to Wonderland’.

Curtis (Year 13), Bradly (Year 10) and Joshua (Year 9) were selected from an entry of 18,000 students to have their work published. They had to create a complete story in only 100 words - a fun challenge indeed!

Curtis wrote a story called 'The Alien who came to visit’ and Bradly wrote 'The Bomb', he said “I liked writing the story and showing off my creative nature. At first it was hard but at the end it was great! I also learned new words.”

Joshua said “My story, 'The lost soldiers', was based on 2 soldiers who were siblings and their struggle to survive at war. I liked writing this story a lot and it gave me lots of ideas to write a book.”

Each student has now been presented with a book, 'Welcome to Wonderland, Legends from the South', which features their work - they were thrilled to see their stories in print.

Young Writers aims to encourage young people to engage in creative writing by working with schools, parents and teachers. They run national writing competitions throughout the year and this is the 26th year the competition has run.  This is a great way of encouraging students to get involved with creative writing and inspire them to put pen to paper.