Year 6 Writing Competition

  • This program was initiated by North Balwyn RC during the 2020 COVID 19 lockdown with 60 students and five schools participating in the 1st year. The schools unanimously supported continuing in 2021.
  • To encourage imaginative thinking and help to improve writing skills for year 6 students.
General Approach
  • Invites schools to participate, runs the competition and essay judging.
  • Recommended judging panel is 3 people with appropriate skills.
  • May select age-appropriate topics in consultation with School contact.
  • Nominates a school contact person.
  • Contact person advertises the program, liaises with students, provides the essays to Rotary for judging.
  • Determined by individual Rotary Clubs.
  • North Balwyn RC 2020 prizes were:
    • Eight awards in total (1st, 2nd, 3rd plus 5 encouragement awards).
    • Prizes were Officeworks vouchers plus framed certificates.
    • First prize was a $500 voucher each to winning student and school.
Key Success Factors
  • Commitment of School Principal, Contact person and Year 6 teachers.
  • Relevant prizes to encourage student participation.
  • Open communication between Rotary and Schools at all times.
  • Confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Appropriately skilled judging panel.
  • Refer Template available on District 9800 website:
  • The template includes examples of “Competition Overview, Timing & Judging, Prizes,” an Invitation Letter, and an Essay.