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Saturday 20 July 2019

Jamie impresses at An Post education awards

An Post CEO David McRedmond, Candice Kinsella, sixth class student Jamie Kinsella (12), President of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation Feargal Brougham, Gorey Educate Together teacher Lizzie Nolan and Denis Kinsella
An Post CEO David McRedmond, Candice Kinsella, sixth class student Jamie Kinsella (12), President of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation Feargal Brougham, Gorey Educate Together teacher Lizzie Nolan and Denis Kinsella

Cathy Lee

An Post and the Irish National Teachers' Organisation presented national education awards in the Scéal Eile creative writing competition, including one primary school winner, sixth class student Jamie Kinsella (12), who is from Gorey and attends Gorey Educate Together NS.

'Jamie is a really hard working student, she's an all rounder and although she's academic and sporty, she is also really kind,' said Jamie's teacher, Lizzie Nolan.

'We have some students who have special needs, and Jamie always works really well with them and goes out of her way to include them,' she said.

'With over 30,000 children taking part in the Scéal Eile competition it is a huge achievement for her, her school and her family,' said Caralee-Ann Kavanagh, branch manager at Gorey Post Office.

An Post has been running this schools' competition for over 35 years and children from every community in Ireland can take part.

'Jamie has done Gorey and Wexford very proud and we congratulate her great success,' said Caralee-Ann Kavanagh.

This year's competition asked students to twist the tale of their favourite book, as a fun way to promote literacy and learning for Irish students.

Jamie was learning about World War II in school and Jamie took it upon herself to read John Boyne's The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

For her entry to the competition, Jamie decided to rewrite the story from another perspective, this time of Jewish boy Shmuel instead of German boy, Bruno.

'Instead of an alternative ending, she wrote a series of diary entries writing about how he met Bruno and how things were going to be positive. On the last page she wrote 'this was the final diary entry of Shmuel', it was so powerful,' said Lizzie.

Lizzie said that she sees writing and creating playing a huge role in Jamie's future.

'She's very creative, and she'll happily sit with her copy for hours and write when given the time,' she said.

At the moment, Gorey Educate Together NS have sixth class students creating picture books for junior infant classes and Lizzie said that Jamie loves taking part in this.

Gorey Guardian

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