Growing Together

Students win ‘highly commended’ awards

Jessica Millward (13) and Aisia Lea (14), two Blessed William Howard Catholic High School students, were given ‘highly commended’ awards in a national writing competition, the Catholic Young Writer Award, sponsored by The Catholic Union Charitable Trust. The Award was open to all Roman Catholic students of secondary school age and all pupils at Roman Catholic secondary schools in England and Wales.

Students were invited to write up to 2,000 words about a particular saint from a specified list. The girls both chose St Margaret Clithero, who lived during the 1500s and is famous for harbouring priests during times of Catholic persecution. The essays were judged in terms of style, content and grammatical accuracy.

The girls were given specially commemorated copies of the book, ‘We Didn’t Mean to Start a School’ by Joanna Bogel and Julia Blythe. This is a novel heralded for its Christian message as well as its excellent narrative and positive family values.

To further recognise their accomplishment, Mr Ken Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors of Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy, of which Blessed William Howard is a member school, presented each student with a £20 book voucher.

“It is lovely to see achievement recognised and rewarded. Writing essays is a crucial skill for education.   Developing understanding and inspiration from the life of a saint also demonstrates emotional intelligence, such as a good moral code and Christian values.” commented Mr Ken Wilson.

The Award was initiated some years ago by The Keys, the Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales, and following its growth in scope and popularity is now organised through the Catholic Union of Great Britain.

Aisia Lea and Jessica Millward - former students of St Patrick's Catholic Primary School (also part of Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company)