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Students now have the opportunity to win prestige and prizes in a number of reading and writing competitions:

The CHS Big Read 2019

The CHS English Department ‘Big Read’ is back, bigger and better than ever! For 2019, the challenge is simple: you need to read a book from at least five different countries. Pick up a booklet from the library, and colour the countries in as you go. Submit your completed booklet to a member of The English Department by Monday 24th June to be in with a chance of winning a Kindle.

The Big Read is open to ALL CHS students

Deadline 24.06.19



The Year 8 Great Green Debate

Debate is a fun and powerful way for you to develop critical thinking skills, question the status quo, and deepen your understanding of key topics relevant to our world today. This year, Year 8 students only are invited to enter the English Department and Independent Thinking Skills Team’s ‘Great Green Debate’. Students must work in teams, investigating this year’s topic, THE ENVIRONMENT. Your debating team will then battle it out in live debates for a chance to reach the final.

What’s more, there are prizes up for grabs including blue cards, house points, early lunch passes and £100 for a green charity of your team’s choice!

This competition is open to Year 8 students only


Email your team members (maximum 4) to rhiansanville@chschool.co.uk by 08.02.19

Preliminary rounds on 28.02.19

2019 ISA Max Gate Intermediate Essay Prize (Y7-8)

Entries are now open for the 2019 Max Gate Intermediate Essay Prize. Candidates should submit an original

piece of writing in response to one of the following titles:

1. The Dog Who Learnt to Speak

2. Saving the Planet

3. Winter Blues

4. The Celebration

5. If you could add a new subject to your school curriculum, what would it be?

6. The Road Less Travelled

7. My Favourite Piece of Music

8. Danger! Keep away!

9. The Person I Should Most Like to Meet

For the Max Gate Intermediate Prize, candidates will turn/have turned 12 or 13

years old in the 2018–19 academic year.

Deadline 20.03.19


2019 ISA Favonius Senior Essay Prize

Entries are now open for the 2019 ISA Favonius Senior Essay Prize. An original piece of writing (500–800 words,

prose, poetry or drama) is required and candidates may use the first or third person, past or present tense.

Candidates must choose one of the following titles:

1. Bad Habits

2. Today Never Happened

3. The Boy Who Ran

4. Playing With Fire

5. Dangerous Undercurrents

6. The Empty Sky

7. Yesterday

8. The Last Time I Saw You

For the Favonius Senior Essay Prize, candidates will turn/have turned 14, 15 or

16 years old in the 2018–19 academic year (equivalent to Years 9–11).

To enter the competition, complete the entry form directly on our website.

Deadline 20.03.19


2019 ISA Sixth Form Essay Prize

Entries are now open for the 2019 ISA Sixth Form Essay Prize. An original piece of writing (1,000 words strict

maximum limit) is required on any topic and in any genre. Submissions will be judged in the following categories:

1 English and Linguistics

2 Science, IT and Technology

3 Arts and Humanities subjects, including Languages (Please note essays must be in English).

For the Sixth Form Essay Prize candidates will turn/have turned 17, 18 or 19 years old in the 2018-19 academic year (being in sixth form). Submissions can be pieces of work that have already been completed in the course of sixth form studies,

However, they must be within the 1,000 words strict limit. They should not have been heavily edited/re-drafted following teacher comments or feedback.

Deadline 20.03.19

Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition

‘500 Words’ is the UK’s most successful short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13. It was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background. It’s super simple.

All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING you want – space-ships, grannies, insects, microwaves. The list is endless! Stories are judged anonymously, regardless of grammar, punctuation or spelling. The competition culminates in a broadcast extravaganza of live music and sensational story-telling every summer, at a special venue.

Past venues have included The Globe and The Tower of London. 2018 saw a magnificent extravaganza come live from Hampton Court Palace. 500 Words were also delighted to welcome back real-life royalty to the competition: Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, who returned as our Honorary Judge, where she read and debated the top 50 stories of the competition with our amazing author panel: Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.

In the words of the HRH Duchess of Cornwall, “Keep saying a big fat YES to adventure”.

500 Words is open to any child who is aged between 5 and 13 years old, and is a full time resident of the UK.

Please see the Radio 2 website for their Terms and Conditions.