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British Council story writing competition.


What does the word ‘Belonging’ mean to you? 

All sorts of images might pop into your head - maybe of your family, friends, country, or perhaps even of your favourite sports team! It might not be an image at all, but a particular emotion, memory or sensation. 

Capture what ‘Belonging’ means to you by putting pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard and submitting your story to the British Council Commonwealth Class story writing competition.


The competition is open to teachers and students aged 7 to 14 from Commonwealth countries and is a wonderful opportunity for you to add your voice to the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage through writing and illustration (and, of course, be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!)


Entering the competition

The competition is open to teachers and students attending/working at a school recognised by the government of a Commonwealth country. 

The deadline for story submissions is 9:00 AM on Monday 14 November 2016.'

Stories can be submitted electronically and by post, so go ahead and be as bold and innovative as you like.


Entering the Commonwealth Class story writing competition couldn’t be simpler: 

  • Scan, take a photo or save a PDF version of your story;
  • Complete the competition entry form and upload your story by following this link
  • Read and tick the box to indicate you have read the competition terms of reference and submit everything by clicking the 'Submit Form' button. 

If you prefer, you can post a hard copy of your story and entry form to the following address: 

Elaine Nesbitt

British Council

The Boat, 7th floor

49 Queen’s Square



Northern Ireland

All the information you need to write your story is outlined below, but if you have any questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Information for students

Students will be split into two different age categories: 7 to 10 year olds and 11 to 14 year olds.

  • Students should write a story set in their own country and based around the theme of ‘Belonging
  • The story must be written in English
  • The story should be illustrated. Take a look at the beautiful covers of the Commonwealth Education Trust's River of Stories anthology as inspiration. Participants are free to choose the medium of their illustrations (for example, they can be hand-drawn, using a computer/tablet etc.)
  • The word limit of the story for the 7-10 year olds category is 300 words
  • The word limit of the story for the 11-14 year olds category is 500 words. 

Shortlisting and prizes 

Shortlisted entries will be judged by Anne Fine, the award winning author and former Children’s Laureate. The winner will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of taking part in a writing master class delivered by Anne Fine herself and a River of Stories anthology published by the Commonwealth Education Trust for the School. 

The following prizes will be given to students awarded first, second and third place in the competition: 

  • First prize: a River of Stories anthology published by the Commonwealth Education Trust for the school AND a £100 book token or equivalent for the student 
  • Second prize: £50 book token or equivalent for the student 
  • Third prize: £30 book token or equivalent for the student. 


Why not have a go? You never know what might happen!



Lo que aprendimos en español (otoño 1-6)

The first half term of the year has flown past! Although there’s been no specific Spanish news on the website, there’s been plenty of learning going on throughout the school.

Year 3 have begun their KS2 Spanish learning by reviewing how to introduce themselves in Spanish,  responding to questions politely and speaking with good intonation thanks to work on Spanish phonics. They also discussed Spanish names and how Spanish children have two surnames or family names as they take their Dad’s name and their Mum’s name.

Here are some of Y3 dressed up to practice addressing Señor, Señora and Señorita.

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Year 4 have been working on days of the week and re-reading La Oruga Muy Hambrienta. They then used their dictionary skills to imagine what un monstruo hambriento might eat and rewrote the story as a mini book. 

Here are a few examples!

Year 5 have been working on la familia and began the topic learning a song about Lisa Simpson and her family. After working on the vocabulary and grammar for a few weeks, they are now writing about their own families.

Year 6 have been tackling some grammar, distinguishing between the indefinite and definite article in Spanish and then applying rules of gender and number to it. Quite tricky as English just uses a (an)/some and the rather than four different ways of saying the, two to say a and two to same some. They’re now applying this to describing sports kit for two Spanish Olympic athletes. 

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Elsewhere in the school I’ve heard classes singing in Spanish and I know that Y1 have been looking at words to do with family. Looking forward to having a look at Class Learning Journeys next half term to find out more!

Magic mascots - our first visitor has arrived!

Welcome to Nalle from Finland!  


The Language Leaders were very excited to find a parcel at their very first meeting this week. When they opened it and saw Nalle, they were even more excited, checking where Finland is found on the map, reading Nalle's scrapbook to find out about him, and of course, giving him a welcome squeeze. They discovered that Nalle means bear in Finnish and that he comes from a place called Outokumpu!
For the rest of the day Nalle followed Señora Stevens around, and he attended our very special assemblies in the afternoon, finding out about Black History Month, congratulating Miss Harper on her upcoming wedding and waving goodbye to Mrs Paterson as she retires. He particularly enjoyed singing the songs.


As we're on holiday this week, Nalle is exploring our local area with Señora Stevens. We hope that he is warm enough in his specially made Tshirt and trousers as it's become very autumnal all of a sudden!

Magic mascots - choosing our mascot.

This year Whitehouse Common are participating in a couple of eTwinning projects. The first is entitled Magic Mascots and involves six schools from six countries exchanging mascots over the school year. We will be working with schools in Croatia, Poland, Spain, Finland and the Ukraine.


Our first task was to choose a mascot for Whitehouse Common, and the Language Leaders decided upon a bear in dungarees. They then debated and voted on his name, and would like to present to you:


William Henry was named after Shakespeare and the Duke of Cambridge, and Henry VIII.

He has now begun his travels representing Whitehouse Common and has flown to Madrid in Spain, complete with his passport, scrapbook, gifts for the partner schools and a game of table ping pong to play. You can see inside his box here.


Language Leaders 2016-17

LANGUAGE LEADERFollowing the success of the Language Leaders last year, a new school year brought a new round of applications. Once again all KS2 pupils were invited to apply for the post by submitting a letter explaining why they wanted the position and what they felt they could offer.

This year, the outgoing Language Leaders were involved in the selection of their successors. Following their deliberations (which were long and detailed including some interviews when they weren't sure who to choose) at least one Language Leader was appointed for each class with a few having two.

So congratulations to Scarlett, Roman, Beau and Tia, Hollie, Sofia and Kirstie, Olivia and Amsa, Maddie, Rohan and Freddie and Josh and Yousaf, the Whitehouse Common Language Leaders 2016-17.

Their first task was to pick a mascot to represent our school in our latest eTwinning project...

Excellent Work (Week Beginning 17/10/16)

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