Rewards for winners of short story competition

Youngsters at Manor Infant School and Nursery celebrate with headteacher Ashley Howard, centre. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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WINNERS of an anti-bullying short story competition were among the star attractions at a conference, organised by Hampshire County Council.

Aimed at young people aged 10 to 16, the annual event, held this year at The Vineyard in Winchester, aims to inspire young people and school staff.

It helps them to prevent and address incidents of bullying through the theme of Reflect, Respect, React and was attended by pupils and teachers from 38 schools around the county.

Winners of the 500-word story competition included Megan Piper from Elson Infant School, Gosport, Zoe Edgecumbe from Bay House School, Gosport and Millie Parsons and Samantha Harris, Horndean Technology College, Waterlooville.

They were presented with certificates and book tokens.

The council’s executive member for education Peter Edgar, said: ‘This is a remarkable event, helping our young people to explore what bullying means and the impact that it can have.’