2017 Media Releases

Local students celebrate their book publishing success

15 November 2017


Willoughby City Council hosted a special celebration and presentation ceremony for the winners of the Our Local Wildlife Short Story Competition on Thursday 9 November.

This is the seventh year that Council has run this popular competition with 10 local primary schools, aimed at introducing and making Year 5 students aware of Willoughby’s local wildlife.

This year students submitted hundreds of short stories and artworks based on chosen local native animals. This year’s chosen animals are all indicator species used by ClimateWatch - a project that allows every Australian to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape the country’s scientific response to climate change. 

The winning stories and artworks have been compiled in a special book that is available in public and school libraries across Sydney.  The competition aims to facilitate ‘kids teaching kids’, with the idea being that students will read their stories to their younger school buddies, family and friends.

At the presentation, winning students were congratulated by Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney, on their outstanding efforts to produce imaginative short stories and artworks. Each winner received a copy of the book, a certificate and a small gift.

“The calibre of the stories and artworks in this year’s competition was impressive. It was a delight to meet with the winning students and share their excitement of being published authors and illustrators,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

“The short story competition is a great way to inspire students to learn about Willoughby’s local environment in a fun and creative way, and share this knowledge with others,” Mayor Gail added.

The Wildlife Storybook series, including this year’s edition, is available at local and school libraries or can also be purchased from Chatswood Library. Visit your local Willoughby City library to borrow a copy of the book. For more information, phone Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au

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