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‘Creativity’ leads Australian schoolyard prose in 2018

‘Creativity’ leads Australian schoolyard prose in 2018

22 November 2018

We have announced ‘creativity’ as Australian Children’s Word of the Year 2018, following a national writing competition.

We asked students to submit a piece of writing of up to 500 words based on a word they chose to reflect their lives and interests. Our judging panel of academics and children’s language experts evaluated the entries, considering words’ popularity, use in context, and frequency of appearance.

More than 500 entries were submitted by primary school and home-schooled children across Australia, and while ‘bravery’, ‘pollution’, ‘technology’, and ‘environment’ were strong contenders, ‘creativity’ was a clear winner. ‘Resilience’ and ‘technology’ were also noted as strong themes in children’s writing, with recurring words including ‘persistence’, ‘courage’, and ‘confidence’, as well as some previously less common terms such as ‘meme’, ‘pixels’, ‘programming’, and ‘gaming’.

Lee Walker, Director of Schools Publishing at OUP Australia and New Zealand, commented: ‘This year’s children’s writing submissions were filled with imagination, insights, and possibilities. Children wrote of ‘magic hens’, ‘happy lands’, ‘adventurous snails,’ and many creative ideas linked to improving the world around them. It’s evident when reviewing this year’s submissions that children across Australia are making excellent progress in the classroom. The communication of ideas and the quality of writing has been particularly impressive. This indicates a high level of student engagement, comprehension, and academic capability.’

Seven winning wordsmiths and one class winner received Oxford University Press book vouchers for their entries, while all participants will be rewarded for their efforts with an age-appropriate free Oxford dictionary.

Find out more at oup.com.au/cwoty