The love of writing is alive and well at BSSC if today’s attendance at the English Faculty’s writing competition is anything to go by. Thirty students (an even mix of Year 11s and Year 12s), wrote for seventy minutes under ‘exam’ conditions competing for four awards. These included The Waverley Essay Prize (the College’s longest-running academic prize first awarded in 1871), and The Justin Haire Memorial Award in memory of a past BSSC student. Year 12 students competing for The Waverley Prize were asked to explore Australian multiculturalism, while Year 11s were asked to express personal opinions or beliefs, or write about a significant personal experience.

Major prize winners will be awarded $300 and a selection of winning essays will be published in the College’s annual magazine, Old Gold.