Berkhamsted Group | 07.07.2016

Sophie is Golden Sponge Stick winner

Sophie is Golden Sponge Stick winner

Sophie Gasser (Year 8) is the 2016 winner of the ‘Golden Sponge Stick’ creative writing competition for Classics students in Years 7 and 8. 

This year’s competition was hotly contested and attracted 45 entries, the quality and variety of which was really impressive. The remit was to conjure up (in no more than 1,500 words) an imaginative story based in the Ancient Classical World.

According to Classics teacher, Mrs Hilary McCann, the Year 7 students preferred to focus on some angle of the Destruction of Pompeii in 79AD, having spent a year following the Cambridge Latin course based on this topic. “The recent Classics trip to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius had definitely given them ample food for thought and inspiration!

“The Year 8s, on the other hand, cast their imaginative nets wider with thrilling stories ranging from revenge from the Underworld to a modern reworking of the Minotaur myth.”

Sophie scooped the prize, however, with her grippingly dramatic ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’, a tale of time-travelling between a dusty modern library and a far more ashen Pompeii.

Pictured below: Mrs McCann and the runners up of the Golden Sponge Stick competition.

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