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Heacham Junior School

Rotary Competition

Imagining life in a dystopian future was the basis of a prize-winning story by one of our students.

Lyra Cummings, in Year 6, won both the District and Regional Junior stages of the Rotary Young Writer Competition, which had The Environment as its theme. She won both the District and Regional Junior stages of the Rotary Young Writer Competition with her short story about a dystopian future.


The competition is open to all schools and colleges, as well as home-schooled students and community youth organisations such as RotaKids, Scout and Guide groups, and offered prizes across three age categories: Junior (seven to 10-years-old), Intermediate (11 to 13), and Senior (14 to 17).


It was the first time that the Rotary Club of Hunstanton & District had been involved in the competition.


Rotarian John Crofts said: “We wanted to challenge school children in the area, particularly as they returned to face-to-face teaching following Covid. It’s a three-stage competition designed to support and encourage the development of writing skills, and it aims to encourage young people to use their writing skills and to write with imagination and creativity.”


A poem detailing the environmental devastation humans have wrought on the planet won an award another student at a West Norfolk Academies Trust school.


Alice Wenn, who attends Springwood High School, created the piece as her entry for  the contest and she won the District stage of the competition to go through to the Regional level, where she placed second, earning herself a certificate and a £15 gift voucher.