Maghull Town Council Labour Group devises new challenges for bud

Caroline Esterson

The controlling Labour Group on Maghull Town Council has announced plans to encourage the town's budding Bards to put pen to paper and maths whizzes to crunch some numbers.

Labour's Cllr Caroline Esterson has drawn up plans to run an annual creative writing competition and a maths quiz for Maghull's primary and secondary schools.

Cllr Esterson said she hopes the initiative will encourage youngsters in Maghull to use their natural skills while also helping them with their school work.

Cllr Esterson said: "Each year through Ofsted and other bodies there is an indication that girls are behind boys in maths and boys are behind girls in literacy. By running the competition we are providing an engaging opportunity for schools to further support student development by providing recognition and a competition open to all.

"We're hoping that this will really capture the young people's imaginations encouraging them to go on to do bigger and better things at school and beyond."

The creative writing competition will include four age groups, Years Three and Four, Year Five and Six, Years Seven to Nine and Years 10 and 11, each with two categories:

1. Best improvement over the year – to support those pupils who aren’t the most naturally gifted or who have struggled with their education to demonstrate how they are improving in their skills

2. Best short story – to celebrate the gifted and talented

Trophies and prizes will be presented to the winners and runners up with a prize going to the winners' schools which is hoped will provide additional resources and support for schools in creative writing.

And the maths quiz, which will include primary schools and secondary schools categories, will be held at Maghull Town Hall.

Cllr Esterson said Maghull Town Council will be contacting all of the town's local schools to consult with them with an aim of running the competition and quizzes in the summer term of 2012.

Cllr Esterson said: "We are putting together a working party to organise this and run with the intention of having it all set up for the summer of next year.

"We will also be exploring opportunities for joint funding arrangements with local businesses, including sponsorship opportunities, to look at ways of being able to enhance the diversity and depth of prizes being awarded.

"But what the main aim of this whole venture is, is to celebrate the achievements of all of the town's young people while giving them the chance to shine and the recognition that they deserve."

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