hundreds of entries from Auckland’s low decile schools.
She will receive an iPad and the school will receive $5000 worth of library books. Kayla was shocked with the win, but says the iPad will be put to good use. “My iPod has just broken, so I am very thankful to have won a new iPad.” The Baci Short Story competition is aimed at encouraging creativity in students 11 years and under from low decile schools.
The eligible schools are Decile 1 to 5. The theme for the story this year was ‘You turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To your horror, you saw…’. Quiet Kayla said that she had drawn inspiration for her story from a dream. “Kayla’s imagination certainly lived up to that challenge with deranged headless Barbie dolls, creepy rooms and lots of smashing and crashing,” said Dr Sharad Paul of the Baci Trust.
“One of our teachers entered the students from her year 3 and 4 class
into the competition as an opportunity to share their wonderful narrative
work. Also to grasp the concept that when we write we need to think of
our audience developing ideas and imagery that will involve them” said
the Headmaster of Puni School Haydon Brill. “It is great for our
school to have this acknowledgement and we are so proud of Kayla.”