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6 July 2021

Key Stage 3 pupils at Westminster City School have taken part in a writing challenge to mark National Writing Day at the end of June.

With the global pandemic having caused more than a year of separation for so many, the theme for this year’s National Writing Day challenge was connection. And, as the UK moves closer to the relaxing of lockdown restrictions, young people from across the country were encouraged to connect through their creative writing.

Ms Armatage, from our English Department, explained: “This year’s National Writing Day challenged young writers to Fill the Box with a piece of creative writing – a poem, a letter, a story – using the theme of connection. We asked our Key Stage 3 pupils to take part by writing their work on to post-it notes, which we now plan to display in our School.

“This has been a great opportunity for our Key Stage 3 pupils to show and celebrate their creativity, and I’m really impressed with the writing that has been produced.”

Put together by First Story, an organisation working to provide high-quality creative writing opportunities for young people in schools, the Fill the Box challenge was supported by a number of top writers, including former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, hip hot artist and Ruth Rendell Award-winner, Karl Nova, and Orwell Prize-winning author and writer, Kate Clanchy. 

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