BBC Short Story Competition This week the final group of Year 8 students at Penrice entered the annual BBC Radio 2 500 words writing competition. The students have been working hard to get their story ideas on paper, with many of them putting time in over the half term to complete them. The competition, run by Chris Evans and the BBC, is aimed at young people who love story writing and being creative with words. It sees students around the country using their imaginations to create original stories about anything they like. English Teacher, Miss Trerise, said: “The competition is a fantastic challenge that allows them to work on improving their literacy skills, learn independently and take pride in what they create. Many students had never even thought it was a real possibility to enter a writing competition – but they have. We’re really excited to see how they do!” This year is as big year with royal support and students rose to the challenge with some intriguing ideas. Titles include Lost Out at Sea by Cameron, The Swarm by Matt and Me and My True Life by Lucy. The final will be held at St James’ Palace and winning stories will be read by celebrities, with their young authors winning their height in books.