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Oakham students in the good books


By Mercury reporter


Lewis Dear, Eve Bradley and Phoebe Needham with their class mates
Lewis Dear, Eve Bradley and Phoebe Needham with their class mates

Housebuilder McCarthy and Stone has donated £250 to the English department of Oakham Church of England Primary School after year five students took part in a short story competition.

The children were tasked by McCarthy and Stone to write a creative and exhilarating story.

The activity was designed to encourage participants to be imaginative and expressive, and more than 30 children took up the challenge and produced fantastic short stories, which were then judged by Councillor Adam Lowe.

Phoebe Needham, Eve Bradley (middle) and Lewis Dear
Phoebe Needham, Eve Bradley (middle) and Lewis Dear

Eve Bradley, 10, was awarded first place and received a book token for £40 for her short story named Bonjour a la Paris, a delightful story about her father’s proposal to her mother in Paris.

Lewis Dear, 10, and Phoebe Needham, 10, were second and third place runners-up, taking home £30 and £20 book vouchers respectively for their gripping tales.

The three winners were presented with their prizes by Coun Lowe, who also handed over a cheque of £250 to Head Teacher, Stephen Cox.

Stephen said: “On behalf of Oakham Church of England Primary School, I would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for showing their support to our English curriculum.

"The students thoroughly enjoyed creating their short stories and we look forward to building on our relationship with McCarthy and Stone as it continues to establish a presence in Oakham."

Gemma Cattell of McCarthy and Stone, Head teacher Stephen Cox , Coun Adam Lowe, Phoebe Needham, Lewis Dear and Eve Bradley
Gemma Cattell of McCarthy and Stone, Head teacher Stephen Cox , Coun Adam Lowe, Phoebe Needham, Lewis Dear and Eve Bradley

Cheryl Bissett, regional sales and marketing director at McCarthy and Stone East Midlands, said: “As a company, we appreciate that our responsibility is not only to build quality, purpose-built retirement properties, but also to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build.

"Oakham Church of England Primary School is a superb school in the area and we are delighted to be able give their English curriculum a helping hand."



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