Tales of the High Seas has school students docking at the Museum of Tropical Queensland

29 November 2010

The Museum of Tropical Queensland brought out the inner pirate in local school students with a Shipwrecked-themed story writing competition and the winning entries are now on display at the Museum until 31 December.

More than 50 students from Prep to Year 7 used their creative writing skills to pen stories for the competition.

The prize-winning entries were written by: Luka Fon, Prep, Belgian Gardens State School; Jessica Scott, Year 3, Ryan Catholic College; Ingrid Miller, Year 6, Townsville Grammar School; and Keeden Walker, Year 5, Townsville Central State School.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the story writing competition attracted interest from both the general public and school teachers and their students.

“The Museum created special information packages for school teachers to help them integrate the competition in to their teaching programs,” Mr McLeod said.

“The winning entrants received individual prizes including gift vouchers from Angus and Robertson and Entropy Toys plus educator-led activities at the Museum for their classes too.

“We received so many high quality entries from students with very creative imaginations making the judging process quite difficult. 

“Now we’re able to share these word treasures with Museum visitors by displaying the winning entries until the end of December,” Mr McLeod said.

Teacher Bruce Wootton, whose Year 3 class at Ryan Catholic College entered the competition, said it was a visit from Donna Dyson, author of Queensland Museum publication Your Shipwreck Adventure which inspired the creative writing process for his students.

“The MTQ competition gave our class a purpose. They all had a go at planning and writing a story with a shipwreck in it during our writing time in class,” Mr Wootton said.

“The class were hesitant at first but after working together on the planning stage responded to the competition challenge and wrote their stories.

“All the students including Jessica, who was successful in the Year 3-5 category, learnt more about shipwrecks and writing stories,” Mr Wootton said.

Entry to the Museum of Tropical Queensland is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily except Christmas Day.

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