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Writing Challenge



Education has the power to transform my life!

A writing challenge has been planned with links to Children’s Week theme: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 29, focussing on ‘Education has the power to transform children’s lives’.

Here is the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child:

Article 29 states that:

Your education should help you use and develop
your talents and abilities. It should also help
you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment
and respect other people.


Students will choose one item (from this article) to write about how education will help:

  • use my talents
  • live peacefully
  • protect the environment
  • respect others.

The challenge involves children writing a maximum of 400 words on one of the four items listed above.

Grade 6 children who are residents/study in Moonee Valley and attend the designated participating schools are invited to participate.


Prizes will acknowledge selected student effort and school participation.

ENTRIES OPEN: 24 October, 2017, 10am

ENTRIES CLOSE: 20 November, 2017, 4pm

JUDGING: ends 1 December

PRIZES: allocated from 4 December

TO ENTER: submit entry with entry form, see conditions of entry below.

Entry form: Short story_Entryform

Short story challenge – Conditions of Entry                  

‘Education has the power to transform my life!’

  1. Participants must reside or study in the City of Moonee Valley and attend one of the designated participating schools.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. The writing challenge will be judged on literary merit.
  4. Exceeding the word limit will result in disqualification.
  5. Entries must be the entrant’s own original work.
  6. For the purpose of this challenge, a short story is defined as a work of fiction written in prose or narrative format and does not include poetry or scripts.
  7. Entries must be typed and in a minimum size 12 font and submitted as a text/word document.
  8. Entries will be judged on content and responding to one item from Article 29.
  9. Entries must be verified by a parent/guardian via the entry form and accompanied with scanned entry form.
  10. Entries must be submitted via email to: is
  11. Challenge opens 24 October, 2017, 10am.
  12. Challenge closes 20 November, 2017, 4pm.
  13. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. Personal details must NOT be included on the short story document itself otherwise it will be disqualified from the competition.
  15. Submitted entries may be used and published in part or full by the City of Moonee Valley on their websites and other media UNLESS written notice withdrawing consent accompanies the entry at the time of submission.


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