St Aidan’s student has ‘write’ priorities

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Miriam Warwick-Smith
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Winners in the 'What Matters?'
Writing Competition

Miriam Warwick-Smith a Year 5 student at St Aidan’s Primary, Rooty Hill has been named a runner-up in the annual ‘What Matters?’ Writing Competition. The competition is run by the Whitlam Institute and was inspired by Gough Whitlam’s recognition of the important role young people play in shaping our nation’s future.

This year the institute received a record-breaking 3870 entries from across NSW, the ACT and Tasmania. Students from Years 5-12 were asked to contemplate the question, ‘What matters?’ and to express their views on an issue of special significance to them.

Eleven year-old Miriam impressed the judges with the maturity of her work, addressing the dangers of technology on human relationships. This is one digital native who hasn’t lost sight of what really matters. ‘People need to realise that their reliance on technology is affecting their ability to be sociable,’ writes Miriam. ‘A plethora of people in today's society are more focused on their latest game score, or YouTube, than they are with the people around them. Technology really is distracting whole generations and it is impacting lives.’

As the runner up for Years 5/6 in NSW/ACT Miriam was invited to participate in a Young Writers Forum run by The Writing Workshop and also received a $200 prize. In addition, her essay featured in a booklet of the finalists’ work published by the Whitlam Institute.

St Aidan’s Primary Principal Ted Langford, says that Miriam’s entry ‘encapsulates what Catholic schools are all about – encouraging positive human interactions and teaching the next generation to be responsible and caring global citizens’.

‘We are all very proud of Miriam’s writing and hope that her success inspires whole school improvement in this area,’ Ted said.


Posted By CathEd Parra at 31/10/2016 12:58:12 PM

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